Shopkeepers invited to workshops to help beat recession

PUBLISHED: 18:16 25 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:42 10 June 2010

SHOPKEEPERS are invited to a series of workshops to help them meet the challenges of the current economic climate. Devon County Council have organised four workshop events throughout September. They are an opportunity for rural shopkeepers to get together

SHOPKEEPERS are invited to a series of workshops to help them meet the challenges of the current economic climate.

Devon County Council have organised four workshop events throughout September.

They are an opportunity for rural shopkeepers to get together to discuss any difficulties they may be facing.

A spokesperson for Devon County Council said rural shops, in-particular, who rely completely on the custom of their local community, could be susceptible to downturns in the economy.

The council has pledged to support 16 communities where post office closures has meant the potential loss of the only shops in those villages.

"The council is giving these shops £5,000 per year for three years to offset the loss in financial security they previously had from Post Office Limited."

The four events are held at the following locations: The Pack Horse, in South Brent, on Thursday, September 10 and The Lamb Inn in Sandford on Monday, September 14.

Events are also taking place at The Union Pub in Mortonhamstead on Tuesday, September 22 and the Prewley Moor Arms on Tuesday, September 29.

For more information, contact Charlotte Wheedon on 01392 383345.

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