INDEPENDENT businesses across Saddleworth are taking part in the first ever Totally Locally National Fiver Fest from June 8-15.
Shops, cafés, restaurants, pubs and businesses in the area are putting on special £5 offers for the duration of the campaign.
The area is among about 30 other towns throughout the UK joining in the initiative, which aims to encourage shoppers back into their local town centres and high streets.
The organisers of Fiver Fest Saddleworth are Nikki Hill and Carol Oldham from Totally Locally Saddleworth.
Nikki said: “We’re joining in with the National Fiver Fest to give people some great bargains but also to showcase the town, shops and businesses we have here.
“The Fiver Fest promotes the main Totally Locally message – If every adult in Saddleworth spent just £5 a week with their local independent shops and businesses instead of online or at the big supermarkets or chain stores it would be worth £4.3 million going directly into our local economy.”
Carol added: “On average each independent business has around 12 local suppliers who are also often independent, family run businesses. So that £5 spent is re-spent locally as well, further helping the town.
“And the beauty of spending £5 is that it’s easy, guilt free and pretty much anyone can do it. Tiny actions like this can make a huge impact when lots of people vote with their feet!”
Offers at Saddleworth businesses during Fiver Fest include:
- Flitcroft’s Home Baked: A gift wrapped pack of 4 brownies for £5 (usually £11)
- Alberti’s: Fruit box for £5
- Oliviccio: Tea for a Fiver
- Pause A Second: Folding umbrellas only £5
- Sass Yoga: Yoga Class for £5
- Star & Bean: £5 off selected ranges – to be announced closer to the day
- Vicky Griffiths Remedial Massage: Taster ten-minute massage for £5
- Paul’s Quality Meats: 1lb of finest Rump Steak for £5
- Dormouse and The Teapot: Reusable straw for £5
The Fiver Fest is part of the award-winning Totally Locally town kit, a free marketing campaign which has been hugely successful in helping towns to buck the trend of declining high streets.
Chris Sands, founder of Totally Locally, said “Independent businesses are the lifeblood of our High Streets and Town Centres, run by incredibly passionate and knowledgeable people.
“Everyone is aware of the challenges our High Streets are facing and, so far, there has been a lot of talk but no real actions.
“We decided to coordinate a National Fiver Fest to celebrate our independent businesses and high streets, spreading the word about our £5 message and get people back into our town centres and supporting their high street.
“Towns involved have gone on to win the High Street of The Year competition and other awards for turning their towns around.”
For any independent business wishing to participate in the Fiver Fest in Saddleworth contact Carol Oldham or Nikki Hill by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or see their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2511358368883265/
For further information about the scheme in general visit www.totallylocally.org