EIGHTY four thousand people have seen the message from Welsh Government Deputy Economy Minister and Llanelli’s Member of the Welsh Parliament, Lee Waters, to shop local to help struggling businesses during the pandemic.

The local Member of the Senedd has been working with the local community to put together a list of businesses and groups that have remained open and are providing much needed support throughout this pandemic.

The list published on Lee Waters’ facebook page has been shared widely, including on local Covid-19 support groups.

“Local businesses have had to quickly adapt during the lockdown by offering home delivery services and I wanted to help the get the word out” Lee Waters said.

“Me and my team have assembled a list of contacts details for all shops and restaurants that deliver and we’ve spread it far and wide” he added.

The list includes cafes, pubs and restaurants offering takeaways, local stores providing food and essentials, food banks for those in need, pet supplies and community support groups .

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Anne Gilley, Co-op Member Pioneer for the communities of Kidwelly, Mynyddygarreg, Burry Port and Pembrey said: “It has been a pleasure to support Lee to collate the information. It’s important to work in collaboration at this difficult time. The list is accessible and provides a broad range of business and groups offering support. It’s an important resource for people who can now easily access any support they would need from one place.”

People on Facebook have said: “Thank you very much for doing this, it’s very helpful.”

“Fantastic list, covers a wide range of goods and amenities, and a wide coverage of our area.”

Lee Waters MS said: “We all know these are very tough times for businesses across Wales. A result of this pandemic it is really important we support local businesses at this difficult time so they are there for us when we come out of this outbreak. We have rung around 60 businesses offering our thanks and support should they need it. Helping local businesses keeps money and much needed jobs the area and supports the local economy.”

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