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Waddesdon photographer creates app for local businesses

Shop Local has been set up to bring businesses in the area together to help them stay visible.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:49am 11th May 2020. 2-minute read.

Waddesdon photographer creates app for local businesses

After having to close his photography studio, a Buckinghamshire man is determined to help other local businesses.

Pete Griffith has created an app to support local businesses who are still operating, most in different and new ways, during the lockdown. 

Shop Local aims to gives these places a voice but also makes it easier for local people to find out what businesses are offering at this time. 

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The app is free, which Pete says shocked people:

"Everybody at first was like 'Are you sure?' Because they expect to be paying for a sort of advertising. Generally the feedback has been very positive we have about 24 businesses on the app about the moment but we are expecting that to grow as word gets out there.

"The message is Shop Local. There are so many amazing small businesses out there, trying to find the best way to promote their product or service in such difficult times. As soon as we're able to open our doors and start welcoming the public back to our businesses, we want to hit the ground running. The App just helps our voices to be heard and gets our message out there, via social media, in a way that is hopefully simple and effective" "

There is also a Facebook group where people can share their ideas and experiences.

The app, this group and the page on his photography website are all part of a community of local people, whether it is shoppers of business owners.

Pete added:

"This time has given a real sense of community and seeing people support each other. And by doing this we hope we can offer that hand of support, so that's what we're trying to do."

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