(Gloucester, 12 February 2021)
An amazing 18 businesses have been nominated as most loved as part of national ‘Love Local Day’. The event recognises the UK’s most loved local businesses as well as those most loved within their local and wider areas.
Thousands of nominations have poured in from across the UK over the last few weeks with a massive increase from 2020’s event. Many locals have cited the adaptation of their local businesses during the pandemic “as their lifeline”. Nominations for the love local day also highlighted friendliness, helpfulness and exceptional service that local businesses have provided during the most challenging times for local communities, high streets, markets, towns and city centres.
Dr Jackie Mulligan, Founder of ShopAppy – the organisation behind the UKs Love Local Day explains “It has been a challenging last decade none more so than this last year for our town centres and high streets, but we know there is tremendous love for local businesses in our communities. No more so than in Gloucester. Love Local Day highlights the importance and positive impact these businesses have in the life of our communities and commercial hearts and how critical they will be to our social and economic recovery. It also shows them how much they are appreciated.”
Aura Blends – https://www.aurablends.co.uk/
Bake and Brew – https://www.instagram.com/bakeandbrew_glos
Duberley’s Butchers – https://www.facebook.com/Chris-Duberley-Family-Butchers-485359831809232
Emshira Passion for Cakes – https://www.emshirapassionforcakes.co.uk/
Ermin Park Eggs – https://erminpark.co.uk/
Glevum Security Ltd – https://www.glevum-security.co.uk/
Greek on the Docks – https://www.greekonthedocks.co.uk/
Harbour Business Supplies Ltd – https://harbourbusinesssupplies.co.uk/home
Idun Spirit – https://www.idunspirit.co.uk/
On Toast – https://www.facebook.com/OnToastBar
Oxstalls Fryer – https://www.oxstallslanefryer.co.uk/
Quayside Wealth Management – https://quaysidewealthmanagement.co.uk/
Soundhouse – https://www.soundhousegloucester.co.uk/
The Candle Tree – https://www.thecandletree.uk/
The March Hare – https://www.facebook.com/TheMarchHare.Glos
The Monks Kitchen (at Gloucester Cathedral) – https://www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk/visit/food-and-drink/
The Vine Bar and Kitchen – https://www.thevineglos.co.uk/
Love Local Day is a support local campaign being led by ShopAppy. The campaign centres on Love Local Day (Valentines Day). Up until the day, locals are invited to nominate their most loved businesses and a select number of businesses receive a gift from the campaigners.
ShopAppy.com is a social enterprise and a support local campaign that is supported by Visa. The digital platform was created to revive British High Streets by providing an alternative way for places and small businesses to compete with the online retail giants, allowing customers to book events and experiences as well as browse and buy local products online with delivery, or click and collect after hours.
ShopAppy.com was mentioned in the Parliamentary Select Committee on Future High Streets in late 2018, and in March 2018 founder Jackie Mulligan spoke to MPs about the importance of local businesses at the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Markets in Westminster. In November 2018, Jackie Mulligan was awarded the prestigious Natwest GB Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Service Industries in the North and in March 2019, ShopAppy won Digital Innovation of the Year from Yorkshire and the Humber by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and later in 2019, ShopAppy was listed in the top 60 global innovations in retail, by Retail Insider and the top 20 likely to have a material benefit on retail.