Two local business-women have planned an event they hope will reintroduce shoppers to small independent businesses on the Island.
This Friday (30th November), they are hosting a ‘Shock Cash Mob’ in Newport.
Readers may have already heard about ‘Cash Mobs’ from the US, where they originated. The idea is to encourage people to head along to a local retailer en masse spending $10+ each in order to give the business owner a little bit of economic stimulus.
The difference with the ‘Shock Cash Mob’ is that the retailers do not know in advance that shoppers may be heading their way.
First of many
The event is being organised by Lyn Blackledge and Julie Jones-Evans and is the first of many planned for around the Island.
Lyn said, “We are setting up Shock Cash Mobs around the Island to help local businesses survive. We want to encourage people to shop local!
“Just come along with a fiver to the meeting place and then Julie and I will lead you to the chosen independent retailer. We then spend our fiver in the shop – helping the local trader.”
If you’d like to take part head to Newport on Friday and meet outside McDonald’s at 10am.
Don’t forget your fiver.