A Northern Powerhouse Partner has set up an online cyber weekend sale, exclusively for the NW, in a bid to stimulate its local economy during the pandemic, as most of the region heads into the festive season in Tier 3.
Chamber member, GB Shared Ltd, is a network of countywide platforms [consisting Lancashare, Mancheshare, Cumbriashare, Yorkshare & Merseyshare] which aim to centralise and ‘share’ information and opportunities within a county, to enable sharing and collaboration leading to the stimulation of local economies.
GB Shared launched its first sharing platform, Lancashare, on Lancashire Day 2016, 100% of the content on its sites are business led. The sharing of local jobs, news, funding, tenders and connections has led to the creation of local supply chains, subsequently impacting carbon footprint and local unemployment.
In response to the plight of businesses desperate to operate, and in partnership with sponsors Attain Digital, who donated the website, GB Shared has launched TheShareShop.co.uk. The online platform will encourage sales within the Northwest on the run up to Christmas. The aim is to encourage as many businesses as possible to share their products online, whilst simultaneously encouraging as many people & businesses to redirect their Christmas spend into the NW region.
The NW has suffered hard during the 2020 pandemic as thousands of businesses were forced to close. Lisa Edge, CEO of GB Shared said, ‘We simply had to do something, our membership is vast across the NW and includes public and private sectors, large, medium and small businesses, councils, colleges and chambers – we stand united in supporting our region. Far too many businesses are struggling and many more want to help support them, the share shop will help us facilitate that collaboration, and hopefully, send some much-needed sales in the direction of these businesses at Christmas.”
The 4-day sale launches on what would have been GB Shared’s 4th birthday, Lancashire Day, which happens to fall on Black Friday this year. Hundreds are already involved, with products ranging from mobile phones and tablets to craft items, gift vouchers, getaways, cards and calendars. Until the sale launches on Friday 27th November (for four days only) until Cyber Monday 30th November, people and businesses can pledge as a buyer or seller at www.theshareshop.co.uk
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