The judges chose ShopAppy for bringing councils, businesses and communities together to create a culture of shopping locally in a context of real adversity for the UK’s High Streets.
Rufus Bazley, Director of Marketing at BusinessesForSale.com says, “2019 was a record year for Small Business Big Heart entries so achieving regional finalist position is incredible. People are aware that the Great British High Street is on its knees but so many feel unable to do anything about it. ShopAppy has harnessed some incredible skills, built meaningful contacts and created technological solutions to enable people to shop local again – reviving an impressive 26 towns and cities so far. I’d like to congratulate all the staff and wish them every success in the next and final round of judging.”
Dr Jackie Mulligan, Founder of ShopAppy says, “At ShopAppy our aim is for people to put heart back into their communities by shopping local and so we are delighted to have been named in the shortlist for the Small Business Big Heart Awards. We work hard every day in a very dynamic environment to support the independent businesses and franchisees that make where we live and work distinctive, convenient and unique. People love local businesses, we hope this draws more attention to the fact it is now even easier to support them and to support our High Streets and markets."
If ShopAppy goes on to win the Small Business Big Heart Awards Gold prize it will receive £1,000 to donate to any good cause of its choice.
ShopAppy is one of two finalists for the York and Humber region, the other is Harehills a social enterprise business based in Leeds. In total there are 18 regional finalists across the country.
The overall winner of the 2019 Small Business Big Heart Award in association with BusinessesForSale.com will be announced on 15 September.