To show the importance of supporting our high streets, Dumfries is joining in with thousands of independent shops and businesses across the UK, in over 100 High Streets, to put on very special £5 offers across two weeks in February, in the TOTALLY LOCALLY FIVER FEST.
Local organiser Julie Hollis of Cloud 9 said “Fiver Fest is now a big part of our promotions for Dumfries. The independent shops and businesses are what makes our town special and unique. We appreciate it when our community support us, so these offers are to say thank you for that support, and to show just what great value our local businesses are.”
FIVER FEST is a free to join campaign, devised and run by Totally Locally, a grass roots High Street organisation that has been helping businesses and High Streets to help themselves since 2010 with incredible results.
Fiver Fest is based around the now famous Totally Locally £5 message:
“If Every Adult in Dumfries spent £5 per week in their local shops and businesses, instead of online, at a national chain or at the big supermarket, it would be worth £6.5 million going directly into our local economy. Which means more jobs, a better high street, a stronger economy & a nicer place to live. Makes you think doesn’t it?!”
Spending just £5 a week in Dumfries makes a big difference to our High Street, the “Fiver Fest” promotes this message.
Fiver Fest has been running successfully in towns in the UK and abroad over the past 7 years, and last October 63 towns from all over the UK to promote themselves AND each other on the same week. The result was phenomenal with reports of new customers, people rediscovering shops they hadn’t been into in years and huge sales of £5 offers.
Fiver Fest Offers have been imaginative and varied; from £5 massages, to a £5 local meat packs, £5 best-selling book offers to £5 lunch deals.
“We know Fiver Fest isn’t going to change the world”, said Chris Sands of Totally Locally, “But small changes in spending habits can really make a difference to our high streets. Just by diverting £5 of our weekly spend to local independents we give them a fighting chance to thrive. It’s a conversation worth having!”.
It is for this reason, that the third Fiver Fest is taking place. This time with over 100 towns and High Streets on board!
For any independent business wishing to participate in future Fiver Fests in Dumfries, please contact Julie Hollis at Cloud 9 on Irish Street.
EXAMPLES OF Dumfries OFFERS: Cloud 9 – Vintage Tea Cup Candles, Powerbikes – Service for any bicycle all £5 each
For further information please see www.totallylocally.org