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David Wilkinson has launched an innovative new campaign to celebrate Westhoughton’s independent small businesses.

Katy Rostron and Councillor David Wilkinson at Liberty Bluff

Katy Rostron and Councillor David Wilkinson at Liberty Bluff

Launching the “Shop Local in Westhoughton” campaign, David will be highlighting the successes of independent businesses and raising their profiles online using the extensive reach of My Westhoughton, which now has almost 3,000 followers.

Katy Rostron at Liberty Bluff

Katy Rostron at Liberty Bluff

Westhoughton businesswoman Katy Rostron, who is celebrating eight years of running her Liberty Bluff fashion boutique, has backed the campaign.

Katy, whose Market Street business caters for all ages from teens to ladies, said: “I enjoy the My Westhoughton page as it’s really informative and it certainly gets the community talking.

“I have been trading for eight years now and I’ve literally gone from strength to strength. I am working hard to bring people into Westhoughton.

“As an independent boutique we are striving to give our customers the best. I think sometimes we are perceived as being too expensive or only offering small sizes, but in actual fact we are often cheaper than the high street and we change our stock weekly.

“To be in business in the small town of Westhoughton for eight years is a big achievement – and it is all down to our local customers who support us.”

Liberty Bluff offers a range in sizes 8 to 16 as well as products from shoes to casual wear and gift items, evening wear and seasonal extras.


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David Wilkinson said: “Westhoughton has a lot to offer and we should celebrate all the local people who work hard to make our town centre great.

“Katy is a great example of a local woman who is running an excellent business in Westhoughton.

“We want to create a real positivity about our town centre.”

David also recently launched a campaign to get the £5,000 start-up grants for new businesses in Westhoughton to equal the £20,000 offered by Bolton Council in Bolton town centre.

He also wants to see the former Gaiety snooker hall site retained for larger retail units rather than the houses that Labour councillors have supported.

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