THOUSANDS of independent businesses are coming together to highlight their contribution to the Great British high street and Lyme Regis is taking part.
To show the importance of supporting our high streets, Lyme Regis is joining thousands of independent shops and businesses across more than 80 towns in the UK, to put on special £5 offers over two weeks in February for the Totally Locally Fiver Fest.
Local organiser Belinda Bawden said: “Fiver Fest could become a big part of our promotions for Lyme Regis. The independent shops and businesses are what makes our town special and unique.
“We appreciate it when our community supports local shops and cafés, so these offers are to say thank you for that support, and to show just what great value our local businesses are.”
Fiver Fest is a free to join campaign, devised and run by Totally Locally, a grass roots high street organisation that has been helping businesses and high streets to help themselves since 2010 with incredible results.
Fiver Fest is based around the now famous Totally Locally £5 message: “If every adult in Lyme Regis spent £5 per week in their local shops and businesses, instead of online, at a national chain or at the big supermarket, it would be worth £700,000 going directly into our local economy. Which means more jobs, a better high street, a stronger economy and a nicer place to live. Makes you think doesn’t it?”
Fiver Fest has been running successfully in towns in the UK and abroad over the past seven years, and last October 63 towns from all over the UK took part to promote themselves and each other.
The result was phenomenal with reports of new customers, people rediscovering shops they hadn’t been into in years and huge sales of £5 offers.
“We know Fiver Fest isn’t going to change the world”, said Chris Sands of Totally Locally, “but small changes in spending habits can really make a difference to our high streets.
“Just by diverting £5 of our weekly spend to local independents we give them a fighting chance to thrive. It’s a conversation worth having!”
Fiver Fest will take place from February 15 to 29 with a huge range of local businesses having signed up to take part.
The £5 special offers from Lyme Regis traders will include the following:
- Serendip Book Shop – choice of two local designs on a bone china mug, currently selling at £7.99
- Lyme Gifts – two Bathbombs, normally £2.99 each for £5
- Persuasion – baby or kids striped Breton Beanie hat, usually £6.50 – £6.95
- Primary Colours – choice of YooHoos, normally £7.95
- Puddleduck – handmade aprons which were £8; Sparkly Dinosaurs, usually £9.99; large sensory blocks normally £3.50 each now two for £5
- Ruby and Oscar – Inis 75ml hand cream, made from seaweed extract, sea minerals, argan oil in a shea butter base, usually £9
- Pug and Puffin – any three greetings cards for £5, designed at Pug & Puffin and printed locally
- Blue Lias – scarf usually selling for £12
- Boylos – wooden wall sign, usually £9.99, called ‘Make a Wish on a Star Fish’
- Ginger Beer – recycled glass olive boats, a set of sprinkle jars or four dinner candles
- The House of Flowers – locally grown bunch of flowers or locally grown plants for £5 each
- Ad Lucem – three greetings cards for £5 by local artist Pat Campbell (usually £2 each) or small handmade hooks by local blacksmith Simon Connett (usually £8)
- The Old Forge Fossil Shop – cylinder stone candleholder in black marble, onyx or fossil stone, normally priced £6
- The Word Forest Organisation – eco-friendly boxes of 10 wood-free, HB2 extra dark pencils made from 100% recycled newspaper, and the charity will plant a tree for every box purchased
- Tourist Information Centre – Lyme Regis tea towel, normally £6.95
- Lyme Regis Butchers – rump steak for £5
- The Town Mill Bakery, Aroma Cafe Amid Giants & Idols, The Lyme Bay Cafe Bar – hot drink and slice of cake
- The Galley Cafe and Old Bonded Store Tea Room – two coffees for £5
- Holmbush Cafe – a bacon roll with tea or standard coffee
- Roly’s Fudge – 300g gift wrapped box of award-winning sea salt fudge, normally £7
- Pilot Boat – cream tea or coffee
- Largigi – lunchtime Thai soups in chicken or mushroom flavour, normally £6.95
- Cellar 59 – two Gyle 59 bottled beers or one litre of cask beer to take away
- Lyme Regis Brewery – bottle of craft beer and a bag of crisps
- Nag’s Head – two bottles of Budweiser
- Ammonite Fine Foods – Lyme Bay mini gin and Devon tonic, usually £6.99
- Uplyme Stores – Hardy’s Bin wine for £5
- Lyme Convenience Store – three different meal kits of a value closer to £9
Look out for a map showing the participating shops and cafés will enable residents and visitors to explore what the independent traders have to offer.
Any independent business wishing to participate should contact Belinda Bawden by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org