WSP Solicitors to Sponsor Stroud Fiver Fest this October

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Stroud’s independent shops and businesses are joining in with the Totally Locally national Fiver Fest, with WSP Solicitors as lead sponsor once again.

Thousands of independent businesses are coming together to highlight their contribution to the Great British High Street and Stroud is taking part.

Fiver Fest in Stroud will be taking place between the 10th – 24th of October 2020.

Fiver Fest is based around the now famous Totally Locally £5 message:

“If every adult in Stroud spent just £5 per week in their local independent shops and businesses, it would mean £4.5 million per year going directly into our local economy. Which can lead to more jobs, a better high street, a stronger economy & a nicer place to live. Makes you think doesn’t it?!”

Spending just £5 a week in Stroud makes a big difference to our High Street, the “Fiver Fest” promotes this message.

Tony Davey, Chair of Stroud & District Chamber of Trade & Commerce said “Fiver Fest is now a big part of our promotions for Stroud. The independent shops and businesses are what makes our town special and unique. We appreciate it when our community support us, so these offers are to say thank you for that support, and to show just what great value our local businesses are.”

WSP Solicitors, of Rowcroft, Stroud are the lead sponsors for Stroud Fiver Fest. Judi Bonham, Managing Director of WSP Solicitors said “We are delighted to be sponsoring Stroud Fiver Fest again in October 2020. After such a turbulent period of time it is essential we all come together to support the independent businesses that make up our high streets locally and nationally. The partnership with a global brand such as Visa adds substantial weight to the campaign, solidifying the message behind it.”

Tony added “We are delighted WSP Solicitors, a well-respected business with a strong history in our town and surrounding area, approached us again to support this valuable local initiative. The donation that WSP Solicitors has generously made enables us to better promote Stroud Fiver Fest, with its vibrant posters and distinctive theme, without charge (including for posters and advertising material) for to those participating. This means that even the smallest of the independent businesses that operate from physical premises in our town, can afford to participate – so it is truly inclusive.”

This is the 3rd Stroud Fiver Fest, part of the 4th National Fiver Fest administered by Totally Locally. 67 have so far registered to be part of the October 2020 event, beating the 56 registrants from February 2020 and 35 a year ago. A map of the participating businesses will be published soon at www.stroudchamber.org.uk/fiverfest.

It is a free to join campaign, devised and run by Totally Locally, a grass roots High Street organisation that has been helping businesses and High Streets to help themselves since 2010 with incredible results.

“We know Fiver Fest isn’t going to change the world”, said Chris Sands of Totally Locally, “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. It’s a conversation worth having!”.

It is for this reason, that the fourth National Fiver Fest is taking place. This time it’s even more important than ever after how our world has changed during 2020. YouGov research has shown that 59% of shoppers have used more local shops to support them during lockdown.

For any independent business wishing to participate in the Fiver Fest in Stroud, please visit www.stroudchamber.org.uk/fiverfest

Examples of Fiver Fest offers for just £5 across town include:

For further information please see www.totallylocally.org and www.fiverfest.co.uk

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