New ShopAppy website launched in time for Christmas

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Skipton businessman Andrew Mear is helping to introduce a new on-line service designed to boost local shopping in the town.

Andrew, md of Eagerlux, which owns High Corn Mill, High Street House and Victoria Square, is keen to promote a new shopping website – ShopAppy − which has recently been featured on BBC’s The One Show, and is already making a difference in nine towns across the region.

Research indicates that one of the biggest barriers to people shopping locally is ease of information and convenience. ShopAppy, created by Yorkshire based entrepreneur Jackie Mulligan, addresses these issues by offering an easy and convenient way to shop at local independent shops. It works in a similar way to supermarket ‘click and collect’ websites.

Andrew, who is also chairman of Skipton BID, is helping to launch ShopAppy in the town by providing his own tenants with the service, free for the first year.

With Skipton BID also offering a 50 percent subsidy to BID businesses, the town now has 11 retailers − including its first market stall – signed up to the scheme, which is scheduled to go live mid-November.

Andrew said: “ShopAppy is a great solution to the problem of big online retailers taking business away from our local independent shops. The website allows local businesses to be ‘open’ 24 hours a day, and most importantly gives customers choice and flexibility around shopping closer to home.

“ShopAppy is already working well in Ilkley, Otley, Saltaire and Shipley, with clear evidence that it is encouraging visitors and residents to buy from their local retailers more often. So it’s fantastic that the service will be going live in Skipton in plenty of time for Christmas.”

Skipton retailers who would like further information about how to join ShopAppy, are asked to email

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