If there was ever a time to shop locally, then this Saturday (15 February) is the time to start.
Stornoway has become the most northerly town in Britain to join a nationwide campaign supporting small shops and businesses.
Totally Locally Stornoway starts from the idea that, if everyone spent just £5 a week in local independent shops, instead of online or in supermarkets, then an extra £1.6 million would go into the local economy – and that’s just in Stornoway.
For the first time this year, shops and businesses are being encouraged to take part in the Totally Locally Fiver Fest, which starts on Saturday and runs for two weeks until 29 February.
And although no-one’s suggesting you stop your local spending at the end of February, the two weeks does give the chance for some fantastic £5 offers in shops and businesses all over Stornoway.
Stornoway’s Business Improvement District (BID) is actively supporting the scheme. In a social media statement they said: “Stornoway has claimed the title of the furthest north town to get involved, so let's get noticed! All businesses taking part put on a special £5 offer over the two weeks to show the diversity and value of what they sell, and to say thank you to the town for supporting independent business.”
Already signed up to participate are businesses including KJ Macdonalds, Sardar and Sons, and Lewis Revival. Foodie treats are on offer from the Good Food Boutique, Hebridean Tea Store and Charlie Barley’s butcher, and there are more businesses joining the Fiver Fest every day.
A spokesperson for Lewis Revival said: “Lewis Revival is proud to be participating in Stornoway’s own Totally Local Fiver Fest. It’s a great excuse to get out of the house or office and (re)discover what our local businesses offer.”
Look out for the distinctive red banner posters around town, shown off in these pictures by staff at Sardar and Sons and at the Good Food Boutique.