On Saturday 28 May, ShopAppy.com, an online shopping scheme for local businesses across the UK, launches in Thame at the brand new event, 'Taste of Thame'.

Funded by South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils, the ShopAppy website enables local independent shops and businesses in Thame to show information, products and services they have for sale. The scheme also allows customers to browse virtual shop windows, order products, and book appointments and events.
The online service gives customers extra flexibility, with the opportunity to use a local click and collect point at Racquets Fitness Centre.

A note from Becky, Market Town Coordinator at Thame Town Council

'This is a great opportunity for Thame residents to be able to find out about the incredible range of products and services the wonderful independent businesses in Thame have to offer all in one place. Not only that - you will be able to order them for delivery direct to your doorstep! This is Thame’s opportunity to support our town centre businesses and help them thrive.'

- Becky Reid
Taste of Thame will be a chance to discover and reconnect with a wide range of local food and drink producers. In addition, there will be a raffle with top prizes of vouchers, cash, hampers and more.

The Raffle will raise vital funds for Thame food bank. Tickets can be bought via the Taste of Thame website.
This exciting new event will showcase the best of food and drink across the town. Residents and visitors will be treated to a food trail which will link local food businesses from butchers to bakers, cafes to coffee shops, restaurants to retailers, all in celebration of food and drink.

Enjoy dining out at the Butter Market Banquet, watching demonstrations and sampling some free tasters. There will also be a Ukrainian café with bakes make by residents who have recently moved to Thame from Ukraine – donations from this will raise funds to support them to settle into the community.
Absolutely! We have already launched in Wantage and we're planning to roll out our online marketplace for businesses across South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse. You can sign up via our website.

Keep an eye out for our newsletter, where we'll be sharing details on when we will be launching in a town near you.

We encourage local businesses that are yet to join the scheme to visit our website for further details on how to sign up for the scheme.
South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils are offering free membership to all businesses and community organisations in the district for the first 12 months, enabling them to reach a wider pool of customers and extending their online visibility.

The website allows customers to browse virtual shop windows, book appointments and events as well as order products from local stores using a ‘click and collect’ service.
Benefits of creating a presence on the ShopAppy website include:
  • Free presence for 12 months

  • An easy-to-use, straight forward way to get online

  • Learn new digital skills

  • You will have a dedicated Community Support Manager. ShopAppy hosts fortnightly drop-in sessions and there are videos in your welcome emails that show you how to add products and services

  • Access to the ShopAppy Family group on Facebook, where vendors share tips, questions and support

  • If you sell on Facebook, you can add a “Shop Now” button and have an automated reply message in messenger to direct people to your ShopAppy.com profile

  • A marketing reach that a small business could not afford on their own – ShopAppy, the Councils and SVBS will help to market the scheme, business profiles and products/services

  • Customers can benefit from one check out, one click & collect location or one delivery in your town

  • An opportunity to provide a level of convenience with other businesses to ensure loyalty from customers

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