Allan Shine, CEO of Kildare Chamber said today, “The Christmas season is the most important time in the retail calendar which creates jobs and retains money in the local economy. In the past year we have seen many more shops and restaurants open around the county. By shopping local we will support the survival and growth of these businesses, facilitate the establishment of more local shops, and ensure that all towns in Kildare continue to thrive. For those who prefer to do their Christmas shopping online, it is important to remember that a huge amount of Kildare businesses are now online.”

“Buying from locally owned businesses keeps money circulating closer to where you spend. Local shops use local services as well as employing local people and they also carry a higher percentage of locally produced goods.”