Support our town’s local businesses
A recently-formed team in the town is helping the businesses of Amble with a campaign to encourage locals to shop locally.
The ‘Try Amble 1st’ campaign aims to encourage people in Amble to use the services and businesses in the area. The team believes that many locals aren’t aware that what they need can be found in Amble. It is not just the shops — the town has many talented professional service people too.
With the support of MP Sir Alan Beith, Amble’s Town Team were awarded £10,000 from the Mary Portas fund, despite being unsuccessful with two initial applications. The Town Team comprises representatives of Amble Business Club, Amble Action Group, Pride in Amble, Amble Town Council and the Development Trust.
Members of the Business Club voted for two elements from the original Mary Portas applications and deciding upon the ‘Try Amble 1st’ campaign and running annual events to encourage tourism.
A spokesman for the Town Team said: “We will be implementing ten ideas for the Try Amble 1st campaign. Some ideas are what you’d expect such as leaflets, websites, loyalty schemes. However, we have had some great ideas from Business Club members, which the residents will just have to wait and see in action! The great thing about this scheme is that we are looking to engage people of all ages, right from the First Schools upwards.”
Amble Development Trust director Julia Aston said: “Businesses tell us that customers often say they’ve been out of the town to shop, and couldn’t find what they want, then have returned to find it in a shop in Amble! The point of the campaign is to raise awareness of what’s available here.”