The Sinn Féin MLA met this week with Jemma Duffy from “Independent Derry” – a local initiative which is encouraging shoppers to support local businesses.
Karen Mullan said: “The “Independent Derry” card is a fantastic initiative which places local business at the top of the shopping list and guides people through the doors of the vibrant independent businesses that our city has to offer.
“These have been tough economic times and we need to do all we can to help our traders and businesses.
“They are part of the local community and in our town centres, they are the local community.
“They generate wealth, employment and opportunity and are the glue which binds communities together. I encourage all to consider shopping local this Christmas,” added the Foyle MLA.