The project is part of the council’s commitment to support the recovery of the local economy as restrictions are eased. A ‘Go Shop, Go Eat, Go Safe, Go Local’ campaign was launched recently to encourage residents to support local businesses.
It is being funded from the Re-opening High Streets Safely Fund, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
Cllr Steve Pitt, the council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Economic Development, said: “As part of our commitment to support the local economy, we have asked Shaping Portsmouth to work closely with businesses in some of our key areas to look at how they could do things differently and together for mutual benefit.
“This could include sharing a delivery service, making collective use of any available outdoor space such as parklets and looking at digital solutions – particularly to help our more vulnerable residents to continue to use their favourite local shops.”
Stef Nienaltowski, Chair of both Shaping Portsmouth and the new Shaping Portsmouth’s Future Together group, said: “I am delighted to be working with the council and businesses on this vital project. Our retail sector is a significant generator of jobs and income for the city and it is vital that we get people using them positively and safely and using the experience of the recent times to bring new technologies and methods to our local shopping experience.
“I am looking forward to meeting and working with both the trade associations and those shop owners not represented by a formal body, to bring this positive project to a successful conclusion. I will be in touch soon but in the meantime if businesses in the four identified areas have any initial questions please send them to me at ContactUs@shapingportsmouth.co.uk”
Find out more at www.portsmouth.gov.uk/gosafegolocal
Shaping Portsmouth invites hospitality venues to take part in a free ‘Contactless Menu’ app pilot
We are inviting you and your business to join the Contactless Menu pilot scheme.
Contactless Menu is a new app which has been developed by local software developers. It enables customers to use a traffic light system to quickly see which venues have spaces or are busy, book a table, order from the menu and pay all through their mobile phone.
We are working with Portsmouth City Council to pilot the scheme in 40 pubs, bars, restaurants, cafes or pop-up venues across the city – especially in Fratton, North End, Albert Road and Southsea Shopping areas.
There is no cost to participate in the pilot and you will be fully supported and provided with the handheld terminal needed. If you want to continue with the scheme after the pilot you will get to keep the handheld free of charge and simply pay a small commission on orders.
Places are limited, please contact the team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest in taking part. The team will also send you a full brochure on how the app and pilot run will work.
We look forward to working with you on this new and exciting app.
Pilot scheme to help shoppers Go Local online
Local My Stores logo landShops in Fratton, North End, Albert Road and Southsea shopping areas are being invited to take part in a trial of a new shopping app, which was developed to help people to shop locally and safely online.
‘Local My Stores’ is a new app which brings local high street shops to customers phones so they can shop, pay and then either click and collect at a convenient time or request a delivery.
The pilot is being supported by Shaping Portsmouth, as part of the Portsmouth City Council ‘Go local’ project they are leading to help high street businesses in four areas to operate safely and profitably and to help residents return confidently.
Up to 27 shops from Fratton, North End, Albert Road and Southsea shopping areas will be invited to take part in the pilot scheme. They will have free access to the app during the trial and will be fully supported to get the most out of it.
Barrie Fricker, Sales Director of Local My Stores and lifelong Portsmouth resident said: “The new app is not just a solution for the high street, but it also allows customers to social distance and to keep safe. Staff are also kept safe as by using the app, customers avoid queuing, and contact is limited.
“As a Portsmouth resident, I know how important it is to support our local businesses, but during this global pandemic and times of uncertainty, it is also very important to keep safe. The Local My Stores app is a solution to both of these problems. Having this app will be invaluable for those people who are quarantining or shielding, and it will make local online ordering simple.”
Cllr Steve Pitt, the council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Economic Development, said: “As part of our commitment to support the local economy, we asked Shaping Portsmouth to work closely with businesses in some of our key areas to look at how they could do things differently and together for mutual benefit.
“Part of this involves looking at digital solutions – particularly to help our more vulnerable residents to continue to use their favourite local venues and shops. We hope this app will be a way of supporting our smaller high street businesses to have an online offer and also help customers to feel more confident about supporting local shops.”
Stef Nienaltowski, Chair of Shaping Portsmouth, said: “If you own a shop in Fratton, North End, Albert Road or Southsea please come forward to take part in this pilot scheme. There is no cost to you but many benefits and you will be fully supported throughout.”
Shop owners who want to take part in the pilot can find out more at www.localmystores.co.uk
The Go Local project is being funded from the Re-opening High Streets Safely Fund, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund. Find out more at www.portsmouth.gov.uk/gosafegolocal