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Businesses encouraged to join 'Shopappy'

Published on Tuesday, 16th June 2020

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Businesses from three Hambleton market towns are being encouraged to take up a free offer to help them trade during the current covid19 crisis.

Stokesley, Thirsk and Easingwold are three of the ten towns selected by the York and North Yorkshire Growth Hub for free membership – worth £240 – to the online, community led, shopping platform 

Businesses in the rest of Hambleton could take one of 50 free places offered up to the rest of York and North Yorkshire.

“Shopappy has the backing of our Vibrant Market Town team - it gives independent businesses a way to start trading again while maintaining safety,” said Hambleton District Councillor Peter Wilkinson, Deputy Leader and portfolio holder for  Economic Development and Finance.

“It could be the difference between surviving the coronavirus crisis or having to close. Shopappy supports shopping locally, even if customers have to stay at home. It gives the convenience of buying goods from multiple shops in one place while supporting the local economy.  We are urging businesses in Stokesley, Thirsk and Easingwold to take up the offer.”

Richard Shaw, Chair of the Business Board at York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership which manages the Growth Hub, added: “We’re not likely to see a return to pre-lockdown shopping habits for quite some time, but we think can really help businesses and shoppers. Businesses that can’t trade as they used to can get set up on with limited technical know-how and without the cost of building and promoting their own standalone store.

“Goods can be delivered by local delivery partners or collected in a way that complies with social distancing rules. We think this will appeal to businesses of all sizes and will also include services that can provide online events and activities as well as hairdressers and beauticians who can sell their products or provide buy now, use later vouchers to help them through the crisis.”

Set up takes limited technical know-how, and comprehensive support will be available from Growth Hub advisors and the ShopAppy team to help businesses get up and running quickly.

More information and details on how to get started are available at 

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