Councils launch digital lifeline for Derbyshire high streets

Many independent businesses have been looking at new ways to adapt and innovate during the COVID lockdown - and to help Derbyshire Dales District Council have partnered with Derbyshire County Council to help businesses take advantage of the fast growing Shopappy.com.

It’s a one stop, local, online support platform which enables customers to see what local shops and services have to offer, all in one place. 

The Derbyshire Economic Partnership, which comprises the County Council and eight partner district councils, have taken care of the first-year membership fee to the award winning ShopAppy.com platform.

The initiative aims to involve independent businesses in the district’s four market towns and rural shops, cafés and other businesses in villages across the Derbyshire Dales.  If you are not in one of four main towns of Ashbourne, Bakewell, Matlock or Wirksworth, you can affiliate with your nearest town or join up with other local businesses in your area, like in the Hope Valley.

The district council is working with businesses and town councils in the Derbyshire Dales to encourage sign up to the scheme with the aim of launching the ShopAppy website for the public to use in each town and village in the run-up to Christmas. Parish councils are also being contacted to promote the initiative.

Leader of Derbyshire Dales District Council, Councillor Garry Purdy said:

“I’m delighted that the District Council has partnered with the County Council to provide the opportunity for businesses to benefit from the ShopAppy scheme at what is, clearly, an extremely difficult time for them.” 

Sarah Battarbee, co-manager of Grindleford Community Shop, is already part of a group of businesses in the Hope Valley who are operating an online supermarket.  Thirteen shops covering a broad range have signed up already and there is more interest week by week.  

Sarah said

"This is a wonderful opportunity for us.  We can provide a full range of goods to customers, help our local residents with a delivery service, work with other local businesses to keep the Hope Valley a thriving place to live, and reduce carbon emissions by replacing supermarket vans with our own solar powered vehicle. It's been such an exciting project.  ShopAppy have worked with us all the way and been really supportive and innovative.  We are very grateful to Derbyshire Dales District Council for their support, it means shops can have a go at this new way of trading without risk. This model could catch on all over the country and the district council will have done a lot to make that happen"
ShopAppy.com, which has already launched in 150 towns in the UK, was created four years ago to provide an alternative way for places and small businesses to compete with online retail giants, allowing customers to book events and experiences as well as browse and buy local products online.

ShopAppy.com will help digitise high streets in the Derbyshire Dales and bring the district into the homes of local customers, making it easier for people to browse, buy and book locally.  Businesses can register at www.shopappy.com/vendor

More information is available by emailing the ShopAppy team direct at info@shopappy.com 

Many independent businesses have been looking at new ways to adapt and innovate during the COVID lockdown - and to help Derbyshire Dales District Council have partnered with Derbyshire County Council to help businesses take advantage of the fast growing Shopappy.com.

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