Ashton's independent shops and businesses are once again joining in with the Totally Locally National Fiver Fest - a high street shopping campaign which runs from 10 to 24 October.
Thousands of independent businesses are coming together to highlight their contribution to the Great British High Street - and Ashton is taking part.
To show the importance of supporting our high streets, the town is coming together with over 100 independent high streets across the UK to put on very special £5 offers across the fortnight.
Val Unwin, who owns women's clothes shop Decisions in Ashton and is the leader of Ashton's independent traders, said: "Fiver Fest is now a big part of our promotions for Ashton-under-Lyne. 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 grassroots high street organisation that has been helping businesses and high streets to help themselves since 2010 with incredible results.
This year, Totally Locally has partnered with Visa to encourage even more small business owners to sign up to the celebration of independent high streets. Together, they are also calling on consumers to divert £5 of their weekly spend to support the small businesses in their communities.
Fiver Fest is based around the now famous Totally Locally £5 message: "If every adult in Ashton-under-Lyne spent just £5 per week in their local independent shops and businesses, it would mean £9.4 million per year going directly into our local economy. Which can lead to more jobs, a better high street, a stronger economy & a nicer place to live. Makes you think doesn’t it?!”
Fiver Fest has been running successfully in individual towns in the UK and abroad over the past seven years, but in 2019 the team at Totally Locally brought together towns across the country in one big Fiver Fest celebration. In total, 43 towns joined in and 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. Over the two consecutive Fiver Fests, the number of towns taking part has now reached over 100.
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 and even axe-throwing for £5.
Chris Sands, of Totally Locally, said: "We know Fiver Fest isn’t going to change the world 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!"
They say that this year it's even more important than ever to support local traders, with YouGov research showing that 59 per cent of shoppers have used more local shops to support them during lockdown.
For any independent business wishing to participate in the Fiver Fest in Ashton-under-Lyne, contact Val Unwin of Decisions Clothing by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 344 1615.
£5 offers have already coming in from Nat’s Bombay Kitchen, Pearsons Butchers, Fruits and Roots, Knits and Pieces, Briggs Butchers, Detox Juice Bar, New She and more!
Some of the independent traders in Ashton who are taking part in Fiver Fest this year.