From the rise of wine o’clock to the rushing need for a sweet fix, many shoppers are looking to purchase their favourite treats from their local high street.
Identifying the rising trend in shoppers looking to support local, start-up site ‘SearchFresh’ today invited small businesses looking to harness sales in lock down to join its high street web-shop.
With the Government’s timeline mapping out a potential further eight weeks before pubs, many shops and restaurants re-open, SearchFresh is offering ‘treat businesses’ such as alcohol sellers and cake makers to join its site to help give their loyal customers a little of what they crave.
SearchFresh will also provide businesses that haven’t traditionally lent themselves to online sales with a platform to sell fresh produce.
With this in mind, SearchFresh are looking for butchers, bakeries, delis, garden centres, green grocers, florists, farm shops, independent alcohol outlets, cake makers or dairies to join their website for the opportunity to sell produce online – and help people to stay safe.
With the rise of consumers shopping local during lock down, the SearchFresh website will allow shoppers to find sellers in their area and order direct for click and collect or delivery.
The site is designed for business who perhaps do not have their own website or for those who don’t want the expensive running costs of their own online platform.
Businesses can register for SearchFresh for free and there is no monthly fee. Businesses will only pay the 10 per cent commission fee following a shopper purchase.
Speaking about the site launch, Nick Wroe, co founder for SearchFresh, said: “The platform gives shoppers the convenience they look for in buying online, while enabling them to shop local and support businesses in their community.
“The site will operate on a ‘no sale, no fee’ basis, so businesses have nothing to lose when signing up. We want to support our local high street shops to stay afloat in lock down and hope that post covid-19 we can help businesses to attract new customers and keep independents booming.”
Search Fresh is built to allow businesses to have their own page which they can share on across their own digital channels and with customers.
The website is now live, businesses who wish to sign up can register their interest by completing the online form here – https://searchfresh.co.uk/.
Current sellers include UK wider drink brand ‘Silk Road Spiced Rum’ and North West based grocer M. Hughes & Sons and bakery Violets Kitchen.