01/05/18: ShopAppy roadshow coming to a high street near you!

1 May 2018

A new roadshow is coming to each of Breckland's market towns to help spread a little 'ShopAppiness'. The roadshow is part of Breckland Council's www.shopappy.com initiative, which aims to help make it convenient and easy for local people to shop local by giving independent shops an online presence.

Around 100 independent traders across Attleborough, Swaffham, Dereham, Watton and Thetford have already joined the ShopAppy venture. Following a launch of the initiative in Swaffham in mid-April, the upcoming roadshow will give local people a chance to find out more about the scheme and how they can support their high streets.

During each roadshow event, an information stall will be set up in the town's market place and give people an opportunity to hear how the scheme works, sign up for more information, see the website for themselves and even collect money off vouchers for their first online shop. Shoppers at most locations will also be in with the chance of winning a hamper of local goods.

The ShopAppy roadshow:

  • Attleborough - Thursday 3rd May : 9am - midday
  • Thetford - Saturday 19th May : 9am - midday
  • Dereham - Friday 25th May : 9am - midday
  • Swaffham - Saturday 26 May : 9am - 3pm
  • Watton - Wednesday 30th May : 9am- midday

Using ShopAppy is a very easy process, shoppers just need to visit www.shopappy.com, select their town, browse the shops and goods on offer, then place an order.  The shops pack up their part of the order and you can either collect it during normal trading hours from the store direct, or select to have it sent to a central pick up point if out of hours. 

The shops already signed up to the scheme sell everything from fridges to fruit and veg, bread to bikes, clothes to cakes - you can even book meeting rooms or an allotment plot. Breckland Council has committed to subsidise the first 200 shops joining the scheme, reducing the normal £20 monthly fee down to just £5 for a limited period.

Cllr Paul Claussen, Breckland Council's Executive Member for Place, said: "Everyone wants to see the independent shops in their local high street succeed and flourish, and this scheme aims to make it as easy as possible for everybody to get involved in supporting their high street traders.

"We know that it isn't always easy for people to get out and shop locally, because they are at work or leading busy lives. This initiative aims to give our local shops, restaurants and businesses a chance to fight back against the big online players and national chains. With our ShopAppy scheme, you can shop whenever you want and collect the goods at a more flexible time and place. It's a great initiative and I hope as many as possible will attend our roadshow events to find out how they can make the most of it."

ShopAppy is part of the wider Breckland Council Market Town Initiative to ensure the district's towns remain vibrant and sustainable in the long-term. Around £230k has been committed to help deliver a range of projects to strengthen the economic, social and cultural standing of Breckland's five market towns - Thetford, Dereham, Attleborough, Swaffham and Watton.

Last updated: 19/06/2018 16:28:11