New campaign says 'Shop local - Think Falmouth'

New campaign says 'Shop local - Think Falmouth'

New campaign says 'Shop local - Think Falmouth'

First published in News

Visitors to Falmouth are being encouraged to “Shop Local – Think Falmouth” in a new campaign launched in the town.

Organised by the Falmouth Business Improvement District (BID), residents and visitors are asked to think ‘local’ when it comes to shopping, not just at Christmas but all year round.

The initiative is part of the long-running Support the High Street campaign in Falmouth that has seen the BID fighting on the behalf of businesses both regionally and nationally. This has included a visit to the Houses of Parliament.

This next stage will see businesses put up posters and stickers in their windows, plus adverts put in bus shelters, highlighting the importance of supporting local businesses and the community that they serve.

Richard Wilcox, the Falmouth BID manager said: “There are real threats and challenges to towns as never before; rapid increase in market share regards online shopping/e-commerce, out of town retail competition, car park tariffs, business rate hikes and VAT increases.

“This means that we need to be as proactive and innovative as possible in highlighting the diversity, interest and quality of our town offering and that is exactly what the Falmouth BID is trying to do.”

He said free parking in February, one of the quieter months, attracted more people to the town and new festivals have been organised to help boost trade.

“The Shop Local Think Falmouth campaign has already galvanised extensive business support, which is terrific and demonstrates that Falmouth working together can achieve a lot more and be an even more compelling place to visit,” added Mr Wilcox.

The latest initiative has the support of businesses. Paul Hodge, Octopus Printers, said: “The trading environment is as tough as I can remember and so proactive schemes and ideas that support and promote businesses and the town are very much welcomed.”

Sally Ireland, from Coast Casuals, agreed: “We welcome any idea that promotes Falmouth, its diverse retail offering, atmosphere and vibrancy. New events, effective marketing, free car parking – all these help to support the town and us and encourage visitors to experience Falmouth and spend money locally.”

Also being organised is an exhibition at The Poly, planned for January, of the images created in the Celebrating Falmouth Businesses project.

Falmouth for Business, an online resource, can now be found at www.falmouth.co.uk and Falmouth Food and Drink Week between February 9 and 17 will see the BID promoting the food and drink sector.

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5:32pm Fri 14 Dec 12

themaid says...

Whilst this is admiral working for a minimum wage means I cannot afford to shop in Falmouth where most shops are small and Im afraid expensive which is why I have to go out of town as do many of the people I know.
Whilst this is admiral working for a minimum wage means I cannot afford to shop in Falmouth where most shops are small and Im afraid expensive which is why I have to go out of town as do many of the people I know. themaid
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5:42pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

Shouldn't it be 'shop locally'
Shouldn't it be 'shop locally' Gill Zella Martin 09
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6:02pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

themaid wrote:
Whilst this is admiral working for a minimum wage means I cannot afford to shop in Falmouth where most shops are small and Im afraid expensive which is why I have to go out of town as do many of the people I know.
I try to shop locally in my nearest town Helston and in Porthleven, I also shop in Falmouth, but I completely agree, I can't afford to shop in the small independent shops all the time and they don't always have what I want anyway. In fact I can't really afford to shop at all. Take one look at the out of town shops car parks and that tells you that you are not alone.
[quote][p][bold]themaid[/bold] wrote: Whilst this is admiral working for a minimum wage means I cannot afford to shop in Falmouth where most shops are small and Im afraid expensive which is why I have to go out of town as do many of the people I know.[/p][/quote]I try to shop locally in my nearest town Helston and in Porthleven, I also shop in Falmouth, but I completely agree, I can't afford to shop in the small independent shops all the time and they don't always have what I want anyway. In fact I can't really afford to shop at all. Take one look at the out of town shops car parks and that tells you that you are not alone. Gill Zella Martin 09
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7:44pm Fri 14 Dec 12

themaid says...

Gill I know what you mean. I havent had a pay rise for some years yet the prices have gone up so now I find my shopping trolley has become a basket and meals smaller. In fact sometimes I have missed a meal just eating a yoghurt or suchlike so my child can eat.
Gill I know what you mean. I havent had a pay rise for some years yet the prices have gone up so now I find my shopping trolley has become a basket and meals smaller. In fact sometimes I have missed a meal just eating a yoghurt or suchlike so my child can eat. themaid
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8:50pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

It seems to me that some small local shops increase their prices during the summer tourist season. I think they should offer a ten percent discount to Cornish residents during the summer, not just art and craft type shops but food shops as well.
It seems to me that some small local shops increase their prices during the summer tourist season. I think they should offer a ten percent discount to Cornish residents during the summer, not just art and craft type shops but food shops as well. Gill Zella Martin 09
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7:54am Sat 15 Dec 12

molesworth says...

Great idea Gill. (You're good at them.) Also, let's have free parking ALL year round, slash the cost of 'park 'n ride', have more parades, festivals and carnivals through town (classic car rallies, pasty festival, that sort of thing) and a proper, weekly, french style farmer's market which would be free to vendors. All cheap to implement...
Great idea Gill. (You're good at them.) Also, let's have free parking ALL year round, slash the cost of 'park 'n ride', have more parades, festivals and carnivals through town (classic car rallies, pasty festival, that sort of thing) and a proper, weekly, french style farmer's market which would be free to vendors. All cheap to implement... molesworth
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10:15am Sat 15 Dec 12

Cleanduck says...

It's difficult shopping local on minimum wage.People have to travel all over Cornwall to get the best prices which is difficult with the cost of running a car as well. People in Cornwall should have subsidised fuel, car insurance, food, utilities and housing in order to survive.
It's difficult shopping local on minimum wage.People have to travel all over Cornwall to get the best prices which is difficult with the cost of running a car as well. People in Cornwall should have subsidised fuel, car insurance, food, utilities and housing in order to survive. Cleanduck
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4:09pm Tue 18 Dec 12

themaid says...

Must admit prices put me off shopping in Falmouth and also been disabled the cobbles are extremely dangerous. Im afraid that I use the internet as do many people that I know as you get things so cheap and also have them delivered often for free. In order to attract people to shop locally the traders need to sell goods at reasonable prices. Unfortunately it is a state of society today that the traders need to pay rates, etc and the shoppers only have so much to spend.
Must admit prices put me off shopping in Falmouth and also been disabled the cobbles are extremely dangerous. Im afraid that I use the internet as do many people that I know as you get things so cheap and also have them delivered often for free. In order to attract people to shop locally the traders need to sell goods at reasonable prices. Unfortunately it is a state of society today that the traders need to pay rates, etc and the shoppers only have so much to spend. themaid
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5:26pm Tue 18 Dec 12

ucsweb says...

Perhaps I would if I saw as many "discount for locals" signs as there are "discount for students" signs!
Perhaps I would if I saw as many "discount for locals" signs as there are "discount for students" signs! ucsweb
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