Grab a bargain as Barnstaple businesses join in with Fiver Fest

Posted on: 30 May 2019

Independent businesses of Barnstaple are offering shoppers the chance to grab a bargain as they take part in the first ever ‘Totally Locally’ National Fiver Fest.

From 8 – 15 June, a variety of independent Barnstaple businesses will be joining over 30 other towns throughout the UK putting on special £5 offers for shoppers. Posters promoting all of the offers available during Fiver Fest will be displayed in shops and business who are taking part and on the Barnstaple: It’s a must website and facebook page.

The week long event aims to encourage shoppers back into their local town centres and high streets.

Louise Darcy from Barnstaple Town Centre Management says: “We’re joining in with the national Fiver Fest to give our local shoppers some great bargains and also to showcase Barnstaple and the fantastic range of independent shops and businesses we have here.

“It’s not just the business the £5 is spent in that benefits, on average each independent business has around 12 local suppliers who are also often independent, family run businesses. That £5 is then re-spent locally further helping the town and area. Tiny actions like this can make a huge impact when lots of people vote with their feet and shop locally.”

Chris Sands, founder of Totally Locally says: “Independent businesses are the lifeblood of our high streets and town centres, run by incredibly passionate and knowledgeable people, often pouring their life savings into their businesses. Everyone is aware of the challenges our high streets are facing and so far, there has been a lot of talk but no real actions. We decided to coordinate a national Fiver Fest to celebrate our independent businesses and high streets, spreading the word about our £5 message and get people back into our town centre’s and supporting their high street.”

Fiver Fest promotes the main Totally Locally message – If every adult in Barnstaple spent just £5 a week with their local independent shops and businesses instead of online or at the big supermarkets or chain stores it would be worth approximately £200,000 going directly into the local economy.

Independent Barnstaple businesses wishing to participate in Fiver Fest should contact Louise Darcy from Barnstaple Town Centre Management for further infomation. Louise can be contacted by email or through the facebook page.

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