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13 March 2014
all a Twitter!
MANY businesses in Formby are under increasing pressure
and have turned to Twitter to voice their views, with an aim of
promoting themselves and tackling the issues they face. Mike
Widman, who owns Formby Car Electrical, started the #FormbyHour
@ShopLocalFormby group on Twitter after spotting other places in
Sefton had their areas’ hour on Twitter. This initiative is
designed to help the community to pull together and to build up
small traders’ voices into one that will be listened to. The
group now has local shop keepers, small chain groups and some
high profile businesses, like Formby Golf Club, now backing it.
One of the other members supporting them is MP, Bill Esterson,
who was at the official launch of the Formby hour, which took
place on Saturday, 8 March 2014. Formby, as we have reported in
the past, has increasingly been witnessing many local businesses
closing, with many owners blaming it on a lack of support from
the local community, and on increasing pressures from
multinationals, like Waitrose and Tesco, who as many have said,
are now dominating trade in the village. Other major issues are
London based landlords pushing rents up and up, along with a
very strong feeling that Sefton Council has neglected to help
businesses. So please support this drive to help save Formby
Village from losing all its local traders. Join the tweets and
help spread the word that:- “The village is open for
business!” This video footage is of 3 of the members who
launched:- ‘Formby Hour,’ giving you an idea of
what you might hear if you follow #FormbyHour, which will run
between 7pm to 8pm, every Tuesday.
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