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Support local shops online

Row of shops in town centre.

Farnham Town Council is backing an emerging new digital initiative aimed at encouraging people to support local shops online or by click and collect. 

WeAreFarnham.co.uk is a growing digital marketplace and will provide a one-stop shop for people to buy online from Farnham’s shops and businesses. 

Councillor John Neale, Leader of Farnham Town Council says: “The pandemic has accelerated changes to people’s shopping habits and more people than ever are choosing to shop online. Rather than sitting back and watching our town centre decline, we have taken the proactive decision to support our local retailers by offering them the opportunity to be able to sell their stock online. This could make all the difference to the future of some of our smaller, independent shop owners who are not currently set up to sell online.”

WeAreFarnham shoppers can browse shops by category such as Art and Craft, Home and Fashion, Technology and Gifts. Purchases can be delivered or picked up in store.

“For this project to work really well, we need more businesses to take part,” says Councillor Neale. “It’s quick and easy for businesses to set up their page and I believe it will provide no end of opportunities.” 

Christian Shanahan one of the founders of WeAreLocals says: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Farnham Town Council on this initiative and that they are joining us in continuing to push the message of ‘Support Local, Shop Local’. In this ever changing and uncertain economic climate it’s important to give our high streets and local businesses an online platform to strengthen their engagement with their local community and beyond. This is not just an e-commerce site, but a community site, which will also enable traders to collaborate on deliveries and work together to market themselves as Farnham and not just as individual shops”.

Retailers that want to be part of WeAreFarnham should email Alex@wearelocals.co.uk or message directly via the @WeAreFarnham Facebook or Instagram page. Alternately you can call one of the WeAreFarnham team with any questions or queries you might have on 0333 303 4111.

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