LOCAL businesses across the DL postcode area are to hold an event on Thursday, 01 May 2014 to showcase their products and services to
potential customers in a bid to get them to buy locally.
The firms behind Darlington’s Buy Local campaign are to hold an open day to get businesses, residents and organisations behind the idea, which aims to boost the region’s economy.
Businesses both large and small will be attending the third annual DL Business Expo to be held at The Northern Echo Arena in Darlington.
The campaign has the support of 200 of businesses and organisations, including sponsors Teesside University, Darlington Borough Council, BIB Insurance and Darlington Mowden Park RFC, as well as The Northern Echo.
Patrick Masheder, chairman of the Darlington Business Club, instigators of the campaign, urged businesses to take a stand the event: “It’s going to be the largest showcase of businesses based in the Darlington and district area. We hope to get some big DL based firms to attend.
“We are proud to be working in partnership with Darlington Mowden Park RFC, owners of the Northern Echo Arena, to provide a fantastic local venue for the occasion.”
Darlington MP Jenny Chapman has also backed the initiative. Businesses with a DL or TS21 1 postcode are invited to book their stand online at www.buylocal-darlington.co.uk and join other local firms that have already pledged to support the Darlington economy.
Mrs Chapman said: “We have some great businesses in the town and we need local residents to take every opportunity to buy local produce and use local suppliers. To buy local means supporting our businesses, jobs and Darlington’s economy.”
The expo will feature a host of locally based firms, from hotels to engineering companies, all showcasing their products and services. Visitors are invited to attend the free exhibition, to meet the buyers and to see the range of products and services on offer across the region.