The South Lanes Project which was launched in Colchester earlier this year has been shortlisted for the “rising star” award in the Best Of British High Street awards.
The project which aims to promote independent shops in the Sir Isaacs Walk, Eld Lane, Trinity Street and Scheregate Steps area of the town is 1 of only 28 on the shortlist and the only project in Essex and East Anglia.
It’s creator Neil Gibb said “it’s a community event mixing late night retail with in-store events like tasting menus and themed nights, with street entertainment and live music. We’d love and need your vote and support.”
The project encourages ‘clustering’, getting neighboring stores to collaborate around special deals, and ‘daisy-chaining’ where small businesses recommend another shop or service to customers. ‘Stronger together’ is the mantra. Other initiatives include hosting open community gatherings, a community tidy up programme and ensuring the area is wheelchair accessible.
Future plans include developing a ‘hyper local’ cryptocurrency, introducing a ‘plastic-free pledge’ for businesses and liaising closely with the council on the use of empty units.
You can vote for the South Lanes Project by clicking here: