The Totally Locally local shopping campaign kicks off in Thanet from March 12.
Thanet District Council, as part of the Welcome Back High Streets funding, has partnered with Totally Locally to encourage business owners to work together to celebrate the island’s independent high streets and help them recovering from COVID-19.
Totally Locally is a global initiative that supports merchants by promoting the value of shopping local and its benefits to the local economy. There will be a free marketing toolkit and mentorship available to local businesses to help them increase footfall and attract new customers.
Many shops and businesses in Thanet will be offering special offers, underlining the Totally Locally message that if everyone spent just £5 a week at local independent shops it would have the power to increase annual spending in our towns like follows:
Birchington: £1.9 million
Broadstair: £4.9 million
Ramsgate: £7.9 million
West Gate: £1.4 million
Following the success of Fiver Fest 2021, Thanet businesses will be encouraged to get involved with the event next month. From Saturday March 12 to Saturday March 26, they will encourage people to divert £5 from their weekly spending to support small businesses in their communities.
Among the offerings will be a story time event at Westgate’s The Classroom in Station Road.
Owner Adam Taylor said the event would support Comic Relief with the £5 charge going to the charity.
Storytime will take place on Saturday, March 12 with a reading event every hour between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., that’s five story hours in one day.
Adam said: “It’s to raise awareness of our high street and the Fiver Fest campaign, but more importantly we’re raising money for Red Nose Day 2022!
“Rather than a £5 offer, we are instead asking for a £5 donation to Comic Relief.
“For the first hour, we are delighted to announce that we will be joined by two special visitors – the Glass Slipper Princess and the Mermaid Princess from Enchanted Children’s Characters, who have kindly agreed to come meet the children. Keep an eye out for our social media for updates and details on how to book”