Outdoor seating on Lord Street in Southport

Southport Business Improvement District has teamed up with Stand Up For Southport to promote local businesses in the town.

Southport BID represents more than 750 firms in the town centre and seafront areas. It provides a collective voice for them, implements programmes to help promote local spend and plays a central role in attracting investment.

The organisation has played a key role in submitting Southport Town Deal proposals worth £50million to the Government to help kickstart the town’s economic recovery, helped local firms access funding during the Covid-19 crisis, launched the brand new Southport Gift Card and is currently leading the project to install decorative lighting along Lord Street.

It is focused on diversifying the economy to make it more stronger, attract new agile businesses and young people.

Southport BID has now contracted Stand Up For Southport to support its media, PR and communications strategy, highlight the BID’s ongoing work and promote local businesses in the town.

Southport BID Chief Executive Officer Rachel Fitzgerald said: “Stand Up For Southport has built up a substantial local following in Southport and has the experience and ability to highlight the many reasons why people should support our local businesses in Southport.

“We are also keen for them to focus on helping Southport BID to build stronger relationships with the Liverpool City Region and the North of England.”

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Stand Up For Southport was launched by proud local residents and business owners Phil Gee and Andrew Brown last year. Phil Gee is a social media expert and website builder who also owns the Social Media Academy and Agency Of Boom. Andrew Brown, who has 24 years’ experience in the journalism industry, is owner of Andrew Brown Media and was previously editor of the Southport Visiter series of newspapers and websites. He was one of the founders of Southport Charity Fun Fest and was a member of Woodvale Round Table and Southport Round Table. Both are ambassadors of the Southport-based Community Link Foundation charity.

They said: “We are delighted to be working alongside Southport BID to highlight the extensive work they do, and also to support the hundreds of superb local businesses we have here in Southport.

“The Covid pandemic has been a devastating time for so many local firms and we want to really generate a sense of ‘shopping local’, ‘eating local’ and ‘enjoying local’ as Southport looks to recover from these past few months.

“We have a huge passion for this town and will be doing everything we can to highlight exactly what local businesses have to offer and why people should be doing all they can to support them.

“If anyone has any positive local business stories you would like us to promote, please email us at: standupforsouthport@gmail.com or contact us through our Stand Up For Southport Facebook Group or Stand Up For Southport Business Page.”  

Do you have any stories for Stand Up For Southport? Please message Andrew Brown via Facebook here or email me at: mediaandrewbrown@gmail.com


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