Fiver Fest returning to Lyme Regis high street

Fiver Fest organiser Belinda Bawden pictured during last year’s campaign with local businessman Leo Markham, who owns sweet shop Lyme Rocks

THE Totally Locally Fiver Fest will be returning to Lyme Regis next month and local traders are being asked to back the campaign.

Now held twice a year in towns up and down the country, Fiver Fest offers businesses the opportunity to use their collective power to encourage shoppers and customers back to the local high street.

Shops and businesses are asked to offer customers a special £5 deal as a thank you for supporting them during the challenging times of the coronavirus pandemic, and to prove once again that the small guys can compete with the online giants and supermarkets.

In fact, they beat them hands down in many ways, but most of all with their contribution to our local economies.

For every £10 spent in a local shop, almost £50 goes into the local economy, according to new research by The New Economics Foundation. This is because most shop keepers have many other local suppliers and the money circulates round and round.

Led by town councillor Belinda Bawden, the campaign in Lyme Regis promote all the independent businesses in the town that wish to participate by offering a £5 for the two-week period of March 12 to 26.

You can find out more about Fiver Fest in the video below, filmed in Lyme Regis during last year’s campaign.

Those interested in taking part next month should contact Belinda by emailing belindabawden@gmail.com

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