Plymouth is joining more than 100 independent high streets across the UK to put on special £5 offers across two weeks in October, as the Totally Locally Fiver Fest returns.
Starting on Saturday, October 9, there will be a selection of £5 offers across the city, aimed at encouraging more people to shop locally and support our independent shops, cafes and restaurants which have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
To usher in the event, the Plymouth City Centre Company is hosting an hour of live entertainment on Saturday with steel band Real Steel performing in Frankfort Gate from midday until 1pm.
Steve Hughes, chief executive of the Plymouth City Centre Company, said: “Fiver Fest is now a big part of our work for our independent businesses. The community support for local businesses has been amazing during lockdown, so these offers are to say thank you to customers, and to highlight the great value and economic impact of shopping locally.
“Real Steel were really popular at our West End Carnival so we decided to bring them back to create a festival atmosphere in the West End and around Plymouth Market. We hope people will come in, enjoy the entertainment and spend some time browsing our many brilliant independent businesses.”
The special offers available in Plymouth can be found on the Shop4Plymouth website at shop4plymouth.co.uk/fiver-fest and there’s still time for independent businesses to join in.
The Shop4Plymouth website and social media channels are part of the #GeddonPlymouth marketing campaign, which was set up by the Plymouth City Centre Company in partnership with Plymouth City Council and the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership to support businesses through the COVID-19 crisis.
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.
A spokesman for the campaign said: “If every adult in Plymouth spent just £5 per week in their local independent shops and businesses, it would mean more than £50 million per year going directly into our local economy which can lead to more jobs, a better high street, a stronger economy and a nicer place to live. Makes you think, doesn’t it?”
For more information and the list of offers, please see: shop4plymouth.co.uk/fiver-fest/