With the current situation of lockdown being so grim, small independents need our help more than ever. It seems like it’s only multi-million-pound companies that are fairing well in lockdown. Whilst the other family businesses and smaller local companies are struggling.
With that being said, I have been noticing for a while now that the good old fashioned community spirit is thriving during this Corona virus outbreak. Lots of cities and towns are rallying together to not let this unfortunate time defeat them and Lancashire is no different.
I have not hid the fact that I am not originally from Lancashire, I am a very proud scouser. When I lived in Liverpool, I used to be a member of Independent Liverpool. It was a fantastic membership which supported a tone of independent business and offered exclusive discounts for its members. Created by two young lads who came up with the idea while eating pancakes at one of their favorite local cafes, the organization has gone from strength to strength. Having just celebrated an eight-year birthday Independent Liverpool now has over 121 thousand followers on Instagram, has launched its own app and they opened a hugely successful street food market in what was an abandoned old brewery. Independent Liverpool has become a staple of the ‘Indie’ culture in the city and has been a saving grace to hundreds of small businesses.
After moving to the Preston area I used to wish there was a similar guide for Lancashire. A way for someone new to the area like myself to find out what independent businesses were out there for me to discover and of course receive the perks of discounts and offers. Fast forward a couple of years and I start to plan my dream business venture of a baby children’s boutique. I needed a membership like that more than ever. Literally within a few weeks of setting up my social media page for Ickle Ishy’s I started to notice an advert popping up on my time line…..Lancs Local. Finally!!! I had wanted something like this for a long time! Lancashire was missing a guide like this.
Created by a wonderful lady named Amy, the Lancs Local membership is a fantastic tool to use especially during these hard times. Members of the Lancs Local digital membership card receive discounts across a vast range of businesses. Varying from restaurants, childcare, events and parties, photographers, leisure facilities, holiday parks, food and drink, retail and many other exciting companies.
The membership is also a blessing for the businesses themselves. I can vouch for the kind support that Amy and other members of the team will give you whenever you need it. Whether it is advertising or marketing advice or if you just need to have a good vent at the end of the day the Lancs Local family are there to support one another.
At my boutique I offer a 15% discount on all full price items purchased in store (when I can reopen after lockdown) and also online on my website. The membership cost is currently on offer at 50% off so for just £12 you receive a ton of offers that last for a full year. With the current situation with Covid, the businesses have adapted their services accordingly.
If you live near Lancashire or you love a good bargain you definitely owe it to yourself to at least look into Lancs Local. The same can definitely be said for Independent Liverpool too.
In whatever way we can, if it’s using a local service or store, buying a gift card for when companies are back open again or giving us free support by being active on our social media pages all us ‘indies’ will be immensely grateful.