Feedback from March 2022 FiverFest
LADYBIRD TEAROOM, ALLOA
We had new people coming in and many customers, new and existing, shared our offer on social media, which in turn bought more exposure for our cafe. Being part of Fiver Fest seemed to bring the town together as a whole. We had visits from other business owners, and we also visited other businesses to enjoy their Fiver Fest deals.
NEWCASTLE PET SUPPLIES, GRAINGER MARKET
Wow what can I say I’m speechless we have had a great start to the towns Fiver Fest deals we have sold 50 today and there was a couple of times where you were buying them quicker than we could pack them!
OBSESSIVE RECESSIVE, CLAY CROSS
Our first time taking part in fiverfest and can’t believe the support we’ve had so far. We’ve traded offers with other local business, had recommendations and so much interaction. It amazing to be part of the local community and support locally run businesses. 🤩 please check out the other businesses and see their great offers, there’s so much talent in clay cross and lots to discover.
Going brilliantly! We have just under 50 businesses taking part…that I know of ….. more keep popping up every day! Such a great event to be part of – really creates a great vibe in #Aberdare 🙂
We’ve come over from Cheltenham to escape the races. We saw the Fiver Fest adverts and thought we’d visit Stroud – we’ve never been before. What lovely little shops around here.
I’ve not been in here before – I’ve walked past often. How long have you been open? (9 years 🙂 )
ARMADILLO TOYS, CHAPEL ALLERTON
The first weekend of Fiverfest was crazy, there was a real buzz in Chapel Allerton. This year has been a great success with over 800 Fiverfest deals sold. It’s a real opportunity for our customers to grab some bargains, our best offer saved our customers £8.98 on RRP. So to sum up… Fiverfest – why wouldn’t you shop local when you can grab a bargain for a fiver, shop local and help to keep Chapel Allerton thriving.
JUNK PRINCESS AT FUSION ANTIQUES, CLAY CROSS
I have to say, even so early on, that this FiverFest has been the best so far. Not only from a personal view but all the local businesses taking part. Everyone is so proactive and supportive of one another … And of course, the customers, because without your participation it would not work?
Feedback from October 2021 FiverFest
WILD BOTANIC, BARRY
Our #fiverfest deal has changed! We’re over the moon with your response to our limited time deal! Its gone so well we’ve run out! Not to let you all down we have decided to offer a new fiver fest deal,
LESLEY MACMAKING, COMRIE
My first Fiver Fest… it was great, new customers and new followers on social platforms… Thank you @totallylocally for your help and support 😍
GRAINGER MARKET, NEWCASTLE
The whole Fiverfest concept is easy to get behind because it is so simple and is designed for every business and community to get behind. Thank you Chris and the team for allowing us to be part of this brilliant, nationwide event.
We had a great first Fiver Fest in Sherborne. Over 30 businesses took part with loads of incredible offers! Definitely helped to attract new customers into our businesses.
JUST GAIA, HALIFAX
We had great fun getting involved for Fiver Fest and it really put my brains to the test as to what offers we could do.
Being a plastic free shop we offer lots of alternative items to conventional products: Having the fiver Fest offer on items such as the toothpaste tabs and toothbrush set encouraged people just give the swap a go.It made it even better when customers realised they could just refill their container thereafter making the discount ongoing.
It encouraged me to speak with other businesses.. giving me some tips on getting involved. It helped create a community vibe.
We’re 10 days into Fiver Fest, and WOW we’re so pleased to be part of this great community initiative! In case you haven’t seen it yet, Totally Locally is an awesome, award-winning, grass-roots high street movement that has spread across the world – and now it has a dedicated website for businesses just in Southend-on-sea 🤔 We’re getting involved because we’re passionate about Southend and getting the buzz back on the high street – and that’s why we’re offering not one, but TWO DEALS.
Fiver Fest! What a BRILLIANT two weeks it has been!💚 We really appreciate everyone who has taken the plunge & shopped local thanks to the Totally Locally campaign! 💚 Of course, as a family we realise the value of shopping locally & the Mini Montys have been out & about spending their £5 notes & joining in the fun! 💚 We’ve not only visited our friends in Birchington, but also some great little shops in the rest of Thanet! 💚 And finally a great big THANK YOU to all our lovely traders in Birchington who we visit all the time without taking photos (!) thank you for making Station road a great place to trade & shop for the last 35 years. Our first Fiver Fest has certainly been a highlight 💚
THE BUTTERFLY ROOMS, PAISLEY
Fiverfest fever!!So we’re almost at the end of the first week of the fortnight long festival of supporting small businesses created by Totally Locally and championed by Paisley First and what a week its been….with more to come.
I am honestly blown away by people’s response and uptake of my offers and I’m in the blessed position to be posting to say that my diary for the rest of fiverfest is almost full.
BELINDA, LYME REGIS
Lyme Regis had another Fab Fiver Fest. Thanks to all at Totally Locally for such a brilliant idea and for supporting local businesses and communities to appreciate each other.😊🙏👏👌 Thanks too to all the lovely indepedent businesses who offered such a brilliant range of bargains and to all you lovely customers 😀👏💞🙌🙏
Not only is Fiver Fest a brilliant initiative that engages shoppers directly with Faversham’s independent shops and businesses. It is also great fun to be part of. The volunteers here at In Faversham are very proud to have got Fiver Fest Faversham up and running. We are also very grateful to Faversham Town Council for supporting it and now taking the lead and taking it forward. We can’t wait to see what the future holds
We absolutely loved Fiver Fest in Bedford! We didn’t manage to make use of the deals too often as we have been kept busy but we’ve kept kept the map as a bit of a checklist of local businesses that we want to try!! It’s help us discover new businesses that we’d not heard of before and increased our local knowledge. I’m sure it has been hugely beneficial to all the businesses who took part too!
For this Fiver Fest we introduced the Fivies, our awards for Fiver Fest. You can read all about the winners here.
Feedback from June 2021 FiverFest
JO JO CANDLES, BURNTISLAND
Sold Out in 2 hours!!!! We had a lot more candles this time so hopefully we have a lot more happy customers💕 #fiverfest actually lasts for two weeks – but we don’t seem to manage to be in it for more than an hour or two😂 Safe to say I’m ‘again’ completely overwhelmed at you lovely bunch, the excitement of this morning has been just brilliant 🥰
IAN, CLAY CROSS
OMG WOW what a morning, posters up bunting out and people in. The busiest morning we have had in months. Lots of people buying and liking our fiver fest offers, it obviously pays to show you are involved as we have had lots of new customers as well.
So today I’ve been on a little Fiver Fest explore to see what’s on offer. It’s great to hear that the local shops have been busy with people actually coming specifically for FIVER FEST – one lady has never visited #chapelallerton before & came to see what it was all about!
COFFEE TIPSY BEAUTY, BRIDGWATER
Fiver fest finished yesterday so I just wanted to say thank you to those of you that decided to put their fiver towards my little business. You aren’t just supporting a business, you’re supporting a big, lifelong dream! And now I’m a little bit closer to it.
CEIC BOTTLED, BURNTISLAND
Fiver Fest has brought the Burntisland community together for many years and it’s always been something I’ve supported in the past as a consumer. It’s a great concept encouraging local people to support their local shops and businesses. Spending a small amount locally makes such a positive impact to the local economy, which can clearly be seen in the creation of a high street that Burntislanders are very proud of. Personally, it’s been great to get to know so many local sellers better and all work together to bring more people to our town to experience what we have to offer.
TRINKETTE, SOWERBY BRIDGE
I was late to the party this time due to having to self isolate so was pleased I had a great response.. I’ve joined every fiver fest up to now and will continue to do so… Love the ethos and its great to see how quick its grown.. A great team, well deserved ::)
DAISY B DAV
Best ever fiver fest for us, we sold out and sold over 100 units. Bought new people in and regulars were buying multiples for friends.
VETTIE, CLAY CROSS
I went in to shops I’ve never been in before, had a lovely cuppa and cake and got some brilliant gifts. It’s such a fab idea to get people back onto the high street.
Chris visited Chapel Allerton during Fiver Fest to chat to those taking part:
Feedback from October 2020’s 130 Fiver Fest towns
We’re proud to be supporting @1TotallyLocally #FiverFest from 10th – 24th October and celebrating small businesses and their local communities across the UK #WhereYouShopMatters
VAUGHAN GETHING MS
Great visit to #fiverfest Penarth today after a morning of meetings & haircut from the #Bladesbarber fantastic offers from 47 #indieshops until 24 October. Late lunch @bar44tapas & enjoying our purchases from @GriffinBooksUK @ShorePenarth @Lilypadpenarth #shoplocal
CARLTON HOUSE VINTAGE SHOP, WORKSOP
Here at Carlton House Worksop, we love @1totallylocally and the work they do nationally for Independent Businesses!! Flag of United Kingdom Brilliantly backed by @VisaUK , it’s so simple, just spend £5 during #Fiverfest and you’ll be making a massive difference to your local indie economy #worksop
REBEL DIAMOND SOAP
Awesome day 1 of the @totallylocally #salefiverfest Thank you! I am literally a second-job-kitchen-table business so any custom from you fine people is a blessing! Keep ’em coming
TOTALLY LOCALLY BURNTISLND
The best first Fiver Fest day ever! The High Street was jumping, queues everywhere (some even before shops opened). A photographer got 200 advance orders for her 2021 calendar, the butcher got four hours sleep he was so busy with prep and our candle maker sold out online in 9 minutes
CLAIRE HINES, SALE
We’re taking part for the first time (Sale) and so far it’s been brilliant! A couple of businesses sold out of their offer on the first day and others are posting photos of the orders they’re packing today. It’s great.
SEW DARN BONNIE
A whopping 40 plus snoods have been ordered in one day!!!! I hoped to keep the offer open over the fiverfest but I am only one woman ?? so will have to stop at some point! Thank you everyone for supporting small businesses! Today I went out and had a wander around our lovely town picking up some bargains from sunrise bakery, aye candy and the one one four, then a lovely lunch from The fix.
CUSTOMER, CLAY CROSS
Thanks to Fiver Fest I have been in local shops today I’ve never visited before. will definitely be visiting them all again once I’ve made my xmas list and booked some time off work so I can be around when they are all open. Such lovely, local produce and some fantastic hyggeligt bits of loveliness.
PENARTH BUSINESS GROUP
Fiver Fest definitely brought not only people out to shop, but got Traders working and pulling together. Fiver Fest acted as the catalyst that we all needed to stop worrying about who was in competition with whom, but how we could all help each other to survive. A new spirit of collaboration has been born and we hope to build on this.
TOTALLY LOCALLY BEDFORD
The manager of a butchers has just said “we had one lady in yesterday who has lived in Bedford for 50 years and didn’t know Lingers butchers was there until FiverFest.
DECOR ANGELA LAURA
Took part in @totallylocallyhorwich #fiverfest today by visiting local shops rather than chains. The great thing about fiver fest is you visit places you may not normally go to, see what brilliant items they have and end up spending more…win win #shoplocal #supportindie
BUMBLES COFFEE HOUSE
We’re 1 week into the fabulous FiverFest & a whopping 218 of you have already made the most of our offer so far. This is a fantastic campaign for independent businesses that has been set up by @totallylocally & we’re so excited Studley is taking part! Make sure you check out the other amazing deals that are running throughout FiverFest… snap them up before they end ??
Feedback from February 2020 FiverFest
IVYS EMPORIUM, BANFF
Our shop saw increased footfall and really great sales on the first day in a usually quiet month. We also saw new faces coming in during the x2 weeks which was really nice. Overall I feel the campaign and vibrant posters especially did a lot to raise local awareness of the huge potential and benefits that spending locally can bring to our high streets.
SPOTTY DOG CUSTOMS, BURNTISLAND
As you all know #fiverfest is over and I would like to thank our customers and followers for huge support during this amazing event. Coming in here this morning looking at the empty spaces on shelves and walls made me feel so proud as lots of my own original art work got sold, especially my paintings, and that’s a huge deal for me, so thank you all!Also lots of our artists on board art works got recognised and some have a new fans and followers since #fiverfest.
SCAPE INTERIORS, LEIG-ON-SEA
It’s been a brilliant success. Our fully lined zip up cotton velvet cosmetic bags have been a big hit with our customers. They love that they are sustainably made exclusively for us by a family co-operative in Jaipur, India from the remnants of our chair and cushion fabrics. We’ve sold over 50 in the first week and only have 7 left so might have to think about introducing a new offer!
TOTALLY LOCALLY WYMONDHAM
In Wymondham we’ve had our first day of our Fiver Fest, and from what we hear the day was great for everyone. People were walking up and down the street with their leaflets; two businesses have already been booked up or run out of stock of their offer! One shop that I know has been struggling has sent word that she had more people in the shop in the first 45 minutes than she’d had all week.
TOTALLY LOCALLY WHITLEY BAY
Our #fiverfest in #whitleybay has been blooming marvellous so far. We’ve had such positive feedback from our fab independent businesses. It’s been such a pleasure to coordinate the event in our area.
LOVE FOR FLOWERS, BANFF
It has been amazing we have loved seeing so many new faces in the shop. Great idea and well executed I’d say, we are even continuing our £5 deal through March.
SANDWICH SAUSAGE SHOP
This promo really made a difference to the Sandwich Sausage Company business in a difficult trading climate.
I thought it was really good! Would love to see this happen more often! Really got me out the house and spending money locally! Also I deffo spent more than £5 in each place I went to.
October 2019 FiverFest
June 2019, Our first ever National FiverFest!
We want your Fiver Stories – Let us know how Fiver Fest has affected your town, what great offers you’ve seen or even if you’ve just got to meet some new people.
Here is a quick survey where you can tell us how it all went! --> http://bit.ly/FFBusFeedback Your feedback can help is maker Fiver Fest bigger and better for your business and your town next time.
This is a social thing – we want it to be a lot more than just selling things for £5. It’s about community and businesses supporting each other, whilst saying thank you to people who support local independent businesses.
You can also email your comment & stories to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org