Tavistock BID backs Totally Locally

Totally Locally Tavistock has been running for several years in the town and in that time has organised a number of events and initiatives to encourage people to spend in the town centre. Although still doing well, Tavistock BID has now given its backing to the campaign in the form of administrative support as part of its voted-on business plan.


Tavistock BID manager Lisa Piper said: ‘It was in the BID business plan to come up with marketing concepts to encourage people to the town and keep them here.
This initiative already exists so we decided we needed to get behind it and support it. ‘BID will be giving administrative support to the campaign. There are not many on the Totally Locally team and we don’t want to see the initiative dwindle as it has such an important message.


‘If people coming into the town spend just £5 locally every week, it would be a big boost to the local economy. We need to let people know what is on their doorstep. There are some shops closing down but there are also new shops opening up and we want to help show people what is available in the town centre.’ Some of the events planned by Tavistock Totally Locally include a ‘fiver fest’ where business are asked to put on offers for a week, whether it is offering something for £5 or giving £5 off and a similar event called ‘Tenner Tastic’.


Organiser Rachel Harrison-French has also been updating the Tavistock Totally Locally Facebook page with recipe ideas, where she has challenged herself to create meals for her family using only ingredients she has bought from independent shops in the town centre and highlighting the price and some of the offers on at various local shops in the town.


Rachel said: ’Without support Totally Locally Tavistock would not be able to run the Fiver Fest and other activities in the town. We want to thank BID for working alongside us and allowing us to use their resources. They have direct contact with all the business in the town centre so it’s about pooling our resources.
’We’re thrilled to bits that we can now move forward. The independent shops desperately need our support — it’s up to us to keep them going. The number of business closing in Tavistock is increasing year on year and our local businesses are the heart of our town and are what make Tavistock unique.’


To find out more about Tavistock Totally Locally visit www.facebook.com/TotallyLocallyTavistock or visit the Local Matters community space in Elbow Lane where information on Tavistock Totally Locally is available.

Christmas in Tavistock

Totally Locally will be promoting Christmas shopping locally this December, with another Fiver Fest during both the late night shopping evenings (organised by Tavistock BID) on December 13th and December 20th from 6 – 8pm. Many shops will also be running the offer throughout the week between these dates. On both evenings Totally Locally supporters will be available to answer questions and will be giving out information. There will also be a children’s town trail with a prize for every child and every Hidden Gem nomination form handed in will be entered into a prize draw. So keep an eye out for deals in participating local independent shops and pick up some fantastic bargains whilst helping support Tavistock’s local economy.


Given away on the launch day back in July, were reusable fabric shopping bags featuring the Totally Locally logo. These bags were bought with funds donated by Tavistock BID, Tavistock Chamber of Commerce and Tavistock Town Council. If you would like a Totally Locally bag they are still available to purchase for only £1 from the following retailers: Treasured Forever and Pebbles of Tavistock (Brook Street), Here and Far (Paddons Row), Continental Fruits and Encore (Duke Street).


For more information about Totally Locally Tavistock please email info@totallylocallytavistock.co.uk. The Totally Locally team are looking for more supporters so if you think you might like to get involved then just email info@totallylocally.co.uk or phone for more information

Tavistock Totally Locally Launches

The launch of Totally Locally in Tavistock on 13 July was a great success, said organisers of the shop-local campaign.

While children enjoyed the visit from Peppa Pig, a bouncy castle and face painting, adults got to browse the Totally Locally market and photo exhibition, and delight in the delicious dishes cooked up by local chefs Peter Gorton, Bruce Cole and Paul Giles-Philips.

Tavistock Totally Locally Launches

Tavistock Totally Locally Launches

“The food demonstrations were great. All the food was donated by local independent shops, and there were recipe cards so people could go and source the ingredients, which were part of the Fiver Fest,” organiser Rachel Harrison-French told The Tavistock Times.

Seth Robertson, proprietor of Roberstons Restaurant – one of Tavistock’s “Hidden Gems” – also gave pizza demonstrations, and Amada from Karen’s Restaurant showed how to decorate cupcakes.

The Fiver Fest got off to a great start, with some of the 70 businesses taking part selling out of their special £5 offer on the first day of the two-week promotion.

“The nice thing about Fiver Fest is whether you are a pannier market trader or a big shop, you are all being treated the same, and is shows what a wide range of independent shops we have,” said Rachel.

Also given away on the launch day were reusable fabric shopping bags featuring the Totally Locally logo and message. Following Totally Locally Tavistock receiving funding from the Tavistock Town Team, the bags are now available to purchase for only £1 from the following retailers: Treasured Forever and Pebbles of Tavistock (Brook Street), Here and Far (Paddons Row), Continental Fruits and Encore (Duke Street), and Alan Dolan (West Street).

Launch Day – Totally Locally Tavistock

Celebrate Tavistock’s independent businesses on 13 July with the launch of the award-winning shop local campaign Totally Locally. Tavistock is joining over 25 other UK towns that are already making use of this free campaign, which aims to encourage consumers to think about where they do their shopping and the impact it has on the local economy.

Totally Locally Tavistock Launch

Festivities run from 10 am to 4 pm in the Guildhall car park, next to the Town Hall, with a Totally Locally Market, featuring local traders and a free shopping bag giveaway for the first 50 bags!

There will be lots of family fun with Peppa Pig, a bouncy castle, facepainting and parachute games by Mia Holman, as well as a children’s town trail with free prize at the end. Transition Tavistock will also be running a colouring competition.

Throughout the day, cookery demonstrations by local chefs Peter Gorton of Gorton’s restaurant, Paul Giles-Phillips of the Terrace Restaurant and others will showcase delicious family-friendly recipes using seasonal, local produce.

You can find out how shopping in Tavistock has changed over the years through a fascinating exhibition of Tavistock traders from 1870 to 1970, and discover Tavistock’s ‘Hidden Gems’ through the lens of local photographer Portia Crossley.

Information about the Totally Locally campaign will be available on the day, which also sees the kick off the ‘Fiver Fest’ fortnight. Almost 60 local independent businesses are offering great deals for £5 for two weeks. Pick up a leaflet or visit the website www.totallylocallytavistock.co.uk to find out more information.

Tavistock Goes Totally Locally

Totally Locally, the award-winning shop local campaign, will launch in Tavistock on Saturday July 13th.

We are going to have a Totally Locally market with stalls from local traders and many of the local shops offering the townspeople and festival-goers the best of local produce, and fantastic offers to celebrate Tavistock’s independent shops and businesses during the event.


Tavistock is the latest of many towns across the UK to take up the Totally Locally campaign. This free initiative supports Tavistock’s traders to show the value of local shopping and its benefits for the local economy. Many of the shops, businesses and stalls will have special offers – highlighting Totally Locally’s message that if everyone in Tavistock spent just £5 a week in local independent shops, it would bring an extra £2.6 million into the town’s economy every year.

“This is a chance for locals to discover Tavistock’s great shops and businesses, and the real difference they make to our town,” said local resident Rachel Harrison-French.

The Totally Locally team is passionate about living locally and believes that the future of our towns is in their shops and businesses, their owners and the communities that build around them when they thrive. They believe the benefits to the environment from living a Totally Locally lifestyle are huge and necessary to create a sustainable future for Britain. They practice what they preach.

The team at Totally Locally HQ have created a Free Kit “The Totally Locally Town Kit” for towns to download & use for free. The kit tells how to get Totally Locally Town Teams together, how to organise an event, how to run proven campaigns like the Fiver Fest & Magic Tenner, how to take the right photo, even how to write copy in the correct tone of voice.

All the design templates and plans which have been used over the last 3 years for the campaign, along with a suggested timetable of what works best at what time are in the kit.

And it’s free? Yes it is. Truly. The Totally Locally team doesn’t charge and they don’t do advertising. They don’t ask for a bean for Totally Locally and fit this in alongside running their own businesses because they’re so passionate about what it stands for and the difference it makes.

The Totally Locally team state that the best approach for any ‘Shop Local” Campaign is when local businesses such as shops, printers, magazines, businesses, volunteers are willing to run the campaign themselves. That is why they created the Totally Locally Town Kit.

For more information on Totally Locally Tavistock please visit our website www.totallylocallytavistock.co.uk which will be live on July 1st, or visit our facebook group Tavistock Buy Local. Alternatively have a chat with Rachel Harrison-French on 07880 870239 or email info@totallylocallytavistock.co.uk


For more information on Totally Locally please visit www.totally-locally.co.uk.


The Magic Tenner

There’s a bit of maths that says if you spend £10 in a local shop that sells stuff from local producers the amount of money that goes back into Tavistock’s economy can be over £50!

Well if you imagine that when you buy a Tavistock-made pie from a local shop, a big part of your money is passed on to the local piemaker. The shop employs a local accountant or even a decorator. In turn the piemaker who sources his meat from a local farm spends a big percentage of his money with the farmer. The farmer then spends some of his money at his local garage, the garage owner etc. etc.

With each step, around 80% of each spend goes into the local economy. So in effect the money that stays within Tavistock gets more & more.

Tavistock’s independent businesses are far more likely to use other local firms than any of the big national giants would – it’s what makes them tick and they know the true value of keeping it “Totally Locally”. It’s also a lot easier!

The more everyone spends within our area the stronger our economy grows, which means more jobs, better facilities, a vibrant town centre and a nicer place for us all to live.

This can be applied to everything from a college to bike manufacturers, to music shops, to food producers.
If you compare this with buying online & outside the area – where none of the money comes back into the Tavistock’s economy – it seems to make sense really. Add to this a smaller impact on the environment due to less transportation and you have good reasons for keeping your purchasing Totally Locally.

It’s not about protectionism, it’s about small decisions that have a big impact on where we live.

Only by following the money trail do you get a true sense of the knock-on effects of buying Totally Locally Tavistock. It takes you in all kinds of directions, ping-ponging from groceries and clothing, to tradesmen and accountants, each time adding to our economy. The trail is staggering.

So when you go for your next purchase, be it eggs, a sofa or new pair of shoes, consider the true effect of how you buy.

Hidden Gems

Totally Locally was created, and continues with passion, to celebrate the fantastic shops, businesses and people that we have in our local areas. These are the Hidden Gems in our towns that make the place that little bit different, that little bit more colourful, and that little bit better to live in. They are all there in every local area – it is just probably that we have forgotten them a little in our rushed lives and our obsession with the Supermarkets.

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The team in Totally Locally Tavistock are already collecting the Hidden Gems that make your town special. We’ll profile them on this website with some cracking photos. There’ll be some you know, and some that you’ll discover for the first time. It’s about being a tourist in your home town.

The £5 Difference

If every adult in the Tavistock area spent £5 with their local independent shops and businesses instead of online or with the big supermarkets, it will be worth an extra Tavistock into the local economy.

Which means more jobs, better facilities and a nicer place to live for us all. Makes you think, doesn’t it?

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Photo montage of Tavistock
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