Nominations need to be made by 12 June and each person nominating will be entered into a free prize draw to win £50 to spend on ShopAppy or Shop Local Online

One business will be selected by a panel of judges to receive a professional photography session for their family and an award as the UK's Favourite Family Business. Family businesses in each area will be informed that they have been nominated which can be used in promotions to help boost their business. The winner will be announced on 27 June 2022.

People can find out more and nominate their favourite business at:  ShopAppy - Favourite Family Business

Chichester District Council has partnered with ShopAppy to support local businesses and encourage people to shop locally. The council is paying for local businesses to join the platform until March 2023, using a government grant.  The ShopAppy website has already launched in Chichester and will launch in Midhurst, Selsey, East Wittering and Petworth over the coming months.

Councillor Tony Dignum, Cabinet Member for Growth, Place and Regeneration at Chichester District Council, said, "We know how many excellent family businesses we have in the district and so we want to encourage residents and visitors to nominate them for this award."

"From family butchers, to local garages, post offices, corner shops, cafes and independent shops, everyone has a favourite family business, and this is our chance to thank them, raise their visibility and let them know how much they are valued."

"Customers have a very positive impact on others when they choose local. When you spend with a local business, almost 40p of what you spend in every pound stays in your local community, which is something we want to encourage."

"We also want to remind local businesses that they can still sign up to ShopAppy for free. Many people shop online so we are encouraging local businesses to sign up to ShopAppy to help drive people back to the businesses on our high streets."

"Through ShopAppy, local independent businesses promote their goods and services, sell online, and even encourage people to click and collect. It means if shoppers are going to make a purchase online, they can make that purchase from an independent business within our district and know that the money they have spent will go back into the local economy."

Data from ShopAppy has shown that subscribers have seen a big uptick in additional sales with the click and collect service it offers.

"We've also found that when opting for the click and collect service, many customers have a look around the shop when they pick up their goods and make secondary purchases," adds Tony.

"Once in the high street, they may want to meet a friend for coffee - meaning another local business will benefit. It's all about the additional sales it can bring by encouraging footfall, even if people are shopping online."

"This is yet another enhancement we are offering to help give a welcome boost to our local businesses and to encourage people to shop locally."

The platform is not just available to shops. ShopAppy can help services, trades, B2B businesses, restaurants, pop-ups, entertainers, and market stalls with bookings, click and collect, home delivery and they can even host virtual events such as fairs.

To find out more, visit  ShopAppy or email jane@shopappy.com

Date of release: 10 May 2022 

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