'FiverFest' to boost businesses in Derbyshire town

A scheme is being launched to boost independent businesses in Clay Cross by highlighting the wonderful products they offer.

Thursday, 6th February 2020, 11:45 am
Updated Monday, 10th February 2020, 2:42 pm

‘FiverFest’ sees shops, cafés and other businesses introduce special £5 offers to show the diversity and value of what they sell and to say thank you to the communities which support them.

The national project has been launched by Totally Local, which has estimated that if every adult in the UK spent just £5 in their local shops and businesses a week it would amount to £13.5 billion going back into our towns.

It aims to boost high streets which have been hit hard in recent years by an increase in online shopping.

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Gail Hannan is opening her new shop selling hand crafted loose leaf tea and vintage china.

Gail Hannan previously held a week-long ‘FiverFest’ event in Bolsover and says it was such a success she wanted to organise a similar scheme in Clay Cross after relocating her business there.

“The response from the public in Bolsover was amazing,” said Gail, whose new vintage café Cup and Saucer is opening on High Street this week.

“Everyone wanted to get in on it and the reaction on Facebook was great. I organised the whole thing in 48 hours in Bolsover, but in Clay Cross it took a little bit longer.

Gail Hannan is opening her new shop selling hand crafted loose leaf tea and vintage china in Clay Cross and organising Fiver Fest.

“However once I explained what it was about and word got out, people were keen to get involved here too.

“We now have 28 businesses involved, including cafés, a photographer, a butcher and other small shops. There is a good variety of businesses taking part in FiverFest.

“From February 10 we will then start to release details of each individual offer and posters will go up in shop windows to tell shoppers what they can get for a fiver.”

Fiverfest will take place in Clay Cross over a fortnight from February 15 to 29.

For more information, see the Clay Cross Fiverfest Facebook page.

Fiverfest is organised nationally by Totally Local and takes place three times a year in towns up and down the country.