Dozens of Hartlepool independent businesses join forces for £5 fortnight campaign

More than 40 small Hartlepool businesses are taking part in a campaign to thank customers for their support and highlight the importance of independents on the high street.

Thursday, 17th June 2021, 1:21 pm

Independent shops and businesses across the town are joining in with the national Totally Locally Fiver Fest to celebrate and show the importance of supporting the country’s high streets.

They are putting on special £5 deals to entice more people to support independents for two weeks until Saturday, June 26.

It is said that if every adult in Hartlepool spent just £5 a week in their local independent shops and businesses then it would generate £20 million a year for the local economy.

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Just some of the Hartlepool businesses taking part in Fiver Fest from June 12-26. Clockwise: Emily Vaughan from Plantopia in York Road, Out Out bar at Navigation Point, Lesley Mulcahay of The Simple Way, Villiers Street and jeweller Mark Lloyd outside his Park Road premises.
Just some of the Hartlepool businesses taking part in Fiver Fest from June 12-26. Clockwise: Emily Vaughan from Plantopia in York Road, Out Out bar at Navigation Point, Lesley Mulcahay of The Simple Way, Villiers Street and jeweller Mark Lloyd outside his Park Road premises.

In total, 42 Hartlepool businesses have signed up to be part of the fortnight. Most have a physical street presence while a handful are home based or do deliveries.

Janice Auton and Ste Harvey, of Totally Locally Hartlepool, said: “Fiver Fest is now a big part of our promotions for Hartlepool.

"The independent shops and businesses are what makes our town special and unique.

"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.”

Totally Locally Hartlepool member Janice Auton of Poppys Hairdressing.

Examples of £5 offers include the Lock Gates, at Hartlepool Marina, doing a bacon or sausage sandwich and coffee or tea (offer available until noon Monday-Saturday and 11.30am Sundays), half price watch batteries supplied and fitted while you wait at Mark Lloyd Master Goldsmith, in Park Road, and SSS Fire and Security LTD servicing any two fire extinguishers in the Hartlepool area.

Thousands of independent businesses from 100 places nationally are taking part in Fiver Fest.

The campaign is devised and run by the grass roots high street organisation Totally Locally that has been helping businesses and High Streets since 2010.

Founder Chris Sands 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.

“The pandemic has shown just what an amazing contribution they make to our local communities. It’s a conversation worth having."

For further details see www.totallylocally.org and www.fiverfest.co.uk

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