Hereford Times editor John Wilson reflects on the paper's Love Local Business campaign, which is supporting local firms through the coronavirus pandemic

I AM immensely proud that the Hereford Times has been able to help ONE HUNDRED local businesses with our #HerefordshireTogether Love Local Business campaign.

We have been offering firms – mainly but not exclusively small and independently owned – free shout-outs online and in print.

Our shout-outs are marketing messages that we hope will help firms cope with the downturn in trade caused by the coronavirus pandemic and accompanying recession.

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Recent businesses we have highlighted include Swan Brewery, Leominster; Farmer's Kitchen, Hereford, and Yoko's Thai Food, Leominster.

Reaching this 100 shout-outs milestone reassures me that the free space we have donated – worth hundreds of pounds in total in normal times – is being valued.

The Hereford Times has been part of the local business community since 1832, and we have always been there to help and reassure people in difficult times. This pandemic, with the immense challenges it brings, is no different.

Christmas, a vital time for some many enterprises, is almost upon us.

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The retail and hospital sectors in particular can be assured that we will be there with them.

All you have to do to get a free shout-out with the Hereford Times is fill in a simple online form that you can find here:

We will upload your message to our website as soon as possible and later publish it in print.

You can see all our online shout-outs here:

If you add the hashtag #HerefordshireTogether to your social media posts (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) we will re-post then on our own social media channels, which have thousands of followers.

For marketing advice from Hereford Times experts please contact Duncan Hardman. Email or call 01432 845840.