Love Coleshill was set up in 2011 by Penny Johnson and Marie Stephenson with the aim of helping high street businesses to prosper in the light of the arrival of the new Morrison's store. Things have moved on quite a lot since then! We now have over 70 Consortium members, have hosted many events that have been attended by visitors from near and far, and we want to continue to promote local loyalty, ensuring the vitality of Coleshill. Why not scroll down the page and read our top 5 reasons to shop locally or watch the video?
The first event was the Christmas Market in November 2011. Penny Johnson rallied round and encouraged lots of high street traders to take a stall and with the money from the stalls Marie Stephenson placed adverts and press releases in local press. The Town Hall was full to bursting. Read the press release in our archives! This was followed closely by our first Late Night Opening which was to set the trend for the last few years and each year they are better and better!
Marie and Penny received a 'People of the Year' award by the Tamworth Herald and were hailed as Traders of the year for their work in putting Coleshill on the Map. Local MP Dan Byles wrote to Marie and Penny to congratulate them and offered his support. He has helped to take the campaign forward and has focused on Coleshill helping where he can to support the town.
The Consortium was born when a group of 10 local traders met to decide on a plan of action following the successful Market and Late Night Shopping - with over 70 members and lots of support from the community, groups, the press and local schools and nurseries we are now a well known entity in Coleshill.
We hold regular events, such as the French market and Late Night Opening, have our own Gift Vouchers, APP and Bags for life! These are available to buy in outlets on the high street and our Loyalty Cards too. It's free to sign up for a loyalty card and there are over 25 great offers on at the moment to choose from.
Our aims and objectives are below and if you would like to support us, you can join our mailing list, join our consortium, buy vouchers, bags and of course use your free Loyalty card! Don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and in the local press. Watch the video Why shop local and read our top 5 reasons to shop locally further down the page.
Our Constitution Aims & Objectives –
1. Local shops sell a wide range of great products at affordable prices
Many people get out of the habit of shopping locally & are then surprised by the range of products and gifts available.
2. Shopping local saves you money – travel and parking costs etc
Out of town shops have done a good job of convincing us all that sole traders = expensive, but the evidence just isn’t there to back this up. If you add in travel, parking costs, fees to transport larger items home and your time, the overall cost is often much higher.
3. Shopping locally retains our communities
People don’t like losing shops and services in small towns and villages but don’t equate this to how they spend their money. Shops will only survive if customers spend locally – so if you want a vibrant town centre, where people can socialise as well as shop, shop locally.
4. Shopping local retains our distinctiveness – no clone towns allowed! Many town centres in Britain look the same with franchises and multinationals. Independent shops create distinctive shopping experiences and stock different products. Independent shops keep traditional local products alive. They respond more quickly to the needs of local customers, stocking products to meet the changing population needs. They can also be more innovative…….organic products were first developed by independent traders.
5. Shopping local saves the environment
We are all aware of CO2 emissions and our environmental impact. Local shops, which often stock a high percentage of locally sourced goods and products and do not require long car & bus journeys to get to, thus shopping locally helps to reduce our global footprint.
It also creates jobs, gives you great value for money and promotes mutual benefits
Help us to help Coleshill - we love to receive support and offers of help.
To join our consortium - it costs just £10/month - visit the consortium page
and download a form. Return this with your payment and you can benefit from everything we have to offer. Read the benefits here
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