WE LAUNCHED a new campaign to help Gwent’s local independent businesses survive the recession – by encouraging our readers to Buy Local.

We want you to go out and support your local small shops, restaurants, pubs, markets and farm shops in the easiest way possible – by spending your money with them.

It is these independent businesses, the local corner shop or cafe, the local butcher or baker, that are the lifeblood of many high streets and towns centres throughout Gwent.

Many are family owned and many have been in operation for decades. But all are facing tough times as the recession takes hold.

Get involved and support our campaign by telling us why you buy local and recommending your favourite business.

Go to the Recommend a shop form to tell us why you back your local shop.