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Press Release

14 April 2021

Shop Local Shop Safe relaunched as non-essential retailers open up again across Fareham

Fareham Borough Council has relaunched its Shop Local Shop Safe campaign as non-essential retailers across the borough opened their doors to the public for the first time in more than three months.

The Council is putting a number of measures in place to support retailers and traders to bring shopping centres and parades back to life while continuing to keep people safe from the virus.

Shop Local Shop Safe flags have been hoisted in the non-pedestrianised part of the town centre to make it a more welcoming environment and to encourage people to use local traders and shops.

The Council has already launched a fully-funded programme of support for businesses across the borough. The programme is completely free and available to any business within Fareham’s town and district centres including Locks Heath, Titchfield, Stubbington, Warsash, Park Gate and Portchester.

The six-week programme of training webinars and one-to-one financial advice is available throughout April and May on a variety of topics to help businesses survive and thrive following the pandemic.

More information is available via Business South’s event page and businesses can register for the webinars and training programmes by emailing or calling 0844 332 0131.

The programme also provides business owners with access to a support platform, courtesy of, which includes services such as a free business 'Health Check’ survey, a personal action plan, weekly updates of ideas and resources, help with improving trading, reducing costs and much more.

In addition, the Council has been allocated funding from the Government to ‘Welcome Back’ visitors and shoppers to our high streets and seaside locations. The idea of the project is to provide people with reassurance that they can shop and socialise in a Covid secure way. Full details are yet to be published on the fund but will be announced when the details are known.

The rule changes from April 12 include:

However, people taking advantage of the relaxed rules are urged to still show caution with the Government urging everyone to remember “hands, face, space and fresh air” to suppress the virus while the vaccination programme continues.


Notes to Editor:

Fareham Borough Council has been allocated £103,270 funds from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to support local business communities with measures that enable safe trading in public places. This funding particularly focuses on our high streets, as well as other public places that are at the heart of Fareham town and district centres to assist them to reopen as safe, welcoming spaces.

For further information contact:

Customer Enquiries

Tel: 01329 236100

Media Enquiries

The Communications Team
Tel: 01329 824310
Fax: 01329 550576

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