Shop local in a click

IMG_9198South Woodford Business Forum meeting in February

Elaine Atkins and Rena Pathak of the South Woodford Business Forum welcome the launch of new virtual high street service Click It Local, which they hope will be embraced by shops here

A new virtual high street service, Click It Local, which aims to support independent shops, has launched in Redbridge and is an exciting innovation to support our South Woodford businesses.

Click It Local Redbridge was introduced to the South Woodford Business Forum, held in Tipi Coffee Co, on 17 February, and was greeted with great enthusiasm. “It’s a fantastic idea and I’m very interested to hear more about it,” said Saqib Khan of Heron’s Nest cakes in The Galleria.

The scheme is in partnership with Redbridge Council, which is supporting the project until December, to allow businesses to get involved and try it out for free. No cost to businesses and everything to gain!

Residents anywhere in the borough can use Click It Local Redbridge, enabling them to buy from any participating local shop and have their order delivered on the same or next day for a single delivery charge of £3.50. From weekly food essentials, gifts and treats to last-minute basics, customers can buy everything they need from as many shops as they like, with one payment and one delivery.

Click it Local has already successfully launched in Cambridgeshire, Brighton, Essex, Surrey, Hertfordshire and London, and is now extending to towns and villages across the UK in a bid to support local and independent business.

Co-Founder Steve Koch said: “We are delighted that Click It Local has expanded to Redbridge. Our mission is to help independent stores across the UK by making shopping local easier and faster.”

Local stores that have already signed up include South Woodford’s Source Lifestyle (227 High Road), with a range of gifts, homewares and jewellery, and Venture Photography Studios (223 High Road), offering photography experience vouchers. And in Wanstead, The Larder (39 High Street) and Dagustation Wines (13A High Street) are also taking part. Many more are also listed from across the borough.

This is something we really want to grow for our businesses and shoppers alike, and as it expands, it will help our local economy to thrive.

If you search for ‘South Woodford’, you’ll be able to see how our local options grow as more of our businesses sign up, but you’ll also be able to pick and mix from high streets across Redbridge.

For more information on Click It Local Redbridge, visit swvg.co.uk/click or email jeraldine@clickitlocal.co.uk

The next meeting of the South Woodford Business Forum will take place at Tipi Coffee Co on 12 May from 7am. For more information, visit swvg.co.uk/swbf