Independent businesses unite in Clay Cross to help local recovery and support fiver fest

Local businesses in Clay Cross are teaming up together to take part in the Totally Locally national Fiver Fest campaign, running between 10 and 24 October 2020.

Thousands of creative, independent businesses are taking part across the country and coming together to highlight their contribution to high streets across the UK.

In Clay Cross, 33 retailers including, café’s antiques centres, tea shops and more are putting on special £5 offers across two weeks in October in a bid to urge residents to spend locally. A staggering £2.4m could go directly into the local economy if every adult in Clay Cross spends just £5 per week in their local independent shops and businesses.

Gail Hannan, owner of Cup & Saucer who voluntarily coordinates the campaign in Clay Cross, said “Fiver Fest is now a big part of our promotions for Clay Cross. 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.”

North East Derbyshire District Council Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Councillor Carolyn Renwick, said, “Small, independent businesses play a huge part in making our high streets unique and offer a friendly and personal touch when visiting them. Throughout the pandemic we have shown our support to local businesses and again will do all we can to make sure incredible businesses like these can not only survive, but thrive”.

“I would like to urge all residents and businesses in North East Derbyshire to get behind this campaign and see what fantastic products are on offer for five pounds, go visit somewhere new, spend money locally and together we can help the local recovery and get through these tough times together”.

“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 fourth National Fiver Fest is taking place. This time it’s even more important than ever after how our world has changed during 2020.

YouGov research has shown that 59% of shoppers have used more local shops to support them during lockdown.

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