Lockdown lifeline supports local shopping
Shop with your favourite local traders without leaving home
As North Oxfordshire residents get used to having to stay at home a clever initiative has been launched to bring the town’s local shops to them.
The Banbury Business Improvement District (BID) is supporting businesses by offering them access to the online platform “ShopAppy.com”. Local people will be able to make purchases from the businesses via the website. All purchases will be delivered direct to purchaser’s door.
This is the first ShopAppy scheme in Oxfordshire and was the brainchild of Banbury BID Manager Jo Holland, in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Jo said, “I know people are worried and as part of the community we want to do our best to help our businesses and get supplies to people in their time of need.
“Now, more than ever it is important we pull together to minimise disruption to our high streets, adapt accordingly and provide support to the communities we serve. This is a great opportunity, especially for those who do not have an eCommerce business, to make that step and keep trading during these troubling times.”
In addition to offering products, such as food parcels, craft and educational packs, healthcare or selfcare packs, it will soon be possible to order ‘buy now, use later’ e-Vouchers from local businesses such as restaurants and bars, hairdressers and beauty salons.
Banbury BID is covering a year’s subscription cost to the scheme for its member businesses but welcomes others to get in touch to find out how they can take part. Any business interested should visit www.banburybid.com/shopappy.
Jo Holland spoke to Banbury FM and told us more: