ShopAppy

ShopAppy was founded by Jackie Mulligan, who loves shopping in her home town of Saltaire. She and many of her friends were worried about seeing many of the great local shops struggling because of the increasing competition from supermarkets and online shopping giants. She even saw some shops closing to become online sellers - leaving vacant shops in the town. Jackie explains "I realised how happy it made me feel to have these lovely shops so close by, and how enjoyable it was to shop locally where you could speak to shopkeepers about the products because they had chosen them and they had bought them. I also noticed that in the local shops, residents talked to each other, shopping local just makes us all feel more connected and happy. I called it feeling 'shopappy' because I am a cockney and always drop my H's" She also met lots of people who cared a lot about shopping local, but when they got home from work the shops were closed. Jackie set about creating ShopAppy by cooking spaghetti bolognese and inviting local shopkeepers, friends and family round to her house to tell them her big idea. It was quite simple really - give local shops the power of a superstore by having all the local products in one place. The site would provide convenience with a local conscience. She met independent shops who were worried about going online, mostly because they loved meeting people and seeing people in their shops. So the solution was to use click and collect, which would bring customers into town. She also knows that when people see what they have on offer nearby, they are more likely to just pop along to the shops and see the products in real-life .