12-months ShopAppy membership

We are offering eligible businesses 12-months fully funded membership to the online, community led shopping platform, ShopAppy.com.

Initially, the offer is available in the following towns: Selby, Tadcaster, Harrogate, Pickering, Malton & Norton, Richmond, Leyburn, Stokesley, Thirsk and Easingwold. However, the first 50 businesses to sign up from outside these towns can also benefit from free 12-month subscriptions, worth £240 each.

ShopAppy.com is an award-winning digital platform that was designed to give small independent businesses a way to operate and compete with online retail giants.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, it allows people to shop locally and support your businesses even if they have to stay at home and you are not able to open yet.

The marketplace is ideal for retail and some service-based businesses. It allows you to start trading again and operate safely by offering ecommerce.

It can be set up with limited technical know-how, and without the cost of building and promoting your own standalone store. ShopApp.com will also load your first 10-15 products helping to save you time and get started quicker.

If you have any questions you can contact us, the ShopAppy.com team or drop in to a virtual advice session on a Tuesday, which can be booked here.

Get started

You can access the ShopAppy.com registration page via the button below. Once registered, they will verify your information and provide access to an online portal which is their shop area.

From here, you will be able to add products and services, as well as details about you business. ShopAppy.com will provide a detailed manual, as well as instructional videos to get you up and running. They will also help by uploading your first 10-15 products.

If you need additional support with how to attract customers to your new online store, our Growth Hub advisors can help you with areas such as social media and online promotion.

Common questions

What is the offer?

The York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub are investing in the online, community led shopping platform, ShopAppy.com

The subscription fee for businesses currently located in Selby, Tadcaster, Harrogate, Pickering, Malton & Norton, Richmond, Leyburn, Stokesley, Thirsk and Easingwold, will be fully funded for a period of 12 months.

The first 50 businesses to sign up from outside these towns can also benefit from free 12-month subscriptions, worth £240 each.

Why ShopAppy.com?

ShopAppy.com will enable retail and some service-based businesses to reopen and operate safely by offering ecommerce.

This can be set up with limited technical know-how, and without the cost of building and promoting their own standalone store.

Goods can then be delivered by locally in a way that complies with social distancing rules.

This means that businesses can start to operate sooner than expected, which could be the difference between surviving the crisis or having to close.

It also provides consumers with a convenient and easy to use channel through which they can support their high street and local community now and in the future.

The opportunity also creates resilience by giving businesses an alternative operating model, so that they can continue trading should they have to close their premises again (including if the virus resurges or if there is a flood, fire etc)

What is ShopAppy.com?

ShopAppy.com is an award-winning digital platform that was designed to give small independent businesses a way to operate and compete with online retail giants.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, ShopAppy.com allows people to shop locally and support their community even if they have to stay at home and the shops have to remain closed.

It provides a route for business-owners who don’t have the time, technical know-how and/or capital to set up a standalone ecommerce shop.

Businesses will also benefit from greater online visibility and being promoted by ShopAppy.com via social media and PR.

More information is available at ShopAppy.com

What support will be available?

As well as instructional videos, ShopAppy.com will be in direct contact with businesses to help them get started and provide any technical assistance. There is also a FAQs here: https://shopappy.com/shopkeeper-faqs/

The Growth Hub team are also trained on ShopAppy.com, so will be able to provide assistance alongside the ShopAppy.com team.

The Growth Hub also intends to provide online resources and webinars aimed at helping you to maximise this opportunity and promote themselves. This includes marketing basics and social media.

I’m a non-retail business, how can I use ShopAppy.com?

There are many ways that businesses can take advantage of ShopAppy.com. This could include, for example, offering buy now, enjoy later vouchers or packages. The Growth Hub are happy to speak with individual businesses to provide support and inspiration in this area.

Are there any costs that businesses should be aware of?

The subscription fee for 12 months is fully funded by the Growth Hub. Following this, you can choose to continue at their own cost or cancel their subscription.

Delivery fees (if applicable) are paid for by the customer.

Transactions are subject to normal card processing fees that businesses would typically incur. This is set at 2%.

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