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     E-NEWS UPDATE 07/11/2020     

We hope you find the information in this message informative and helpful.

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Best Wishes, Richard Robbins


Please check out our new website! will make it easy for people living in and visiting Minehead to see the wonderful variety of shops we have in our town.

You will find all the shops and eateries in the main areas of the town on the directory.

Each business within the BID area has a free entry with their contact details and a link to either the business website or Facebook page. Simply click on a business profile and it’ll take you straight to their website or social media pages so you can easily check what they are offering. The website will feature a list of shops that are trading during the the current restrictions, which  will be updated regularly.

We would really welcome your feedback on the new Shop in Minehead website.  If your business is listed on the directory, please check the information we have uploaded and let us know if anything needs changing. If you have a better photo of the outside of your shop/business, please feel free to email it to us. Please also remember to let us know if your trading status changes during lockdown.

Finally, with Christmas fast approaching, it’s vital that we all try and shop locally and support our local economy wherever possible, even if it’s shopping online.
The list of shops which are trading during the current restrictions is currently in the process of being updated and we will also be adding all hair and beauty businesses, banks, estate agents and other businesses over forthcoming weeks.
Go to the Website!
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As you may have heard, Somerset West and Taunton Council is gifting businesses free membership of the Shopappy online sales platform for 12 months!

How does it work for customers?

To summarise, Shopappy works by enabling local independent shops and businesses to show information, products and services they have for sale in the Minehead area in one place. Shopappy aims to encourage residents to go into town and use the shops and businesses nearby. But sometimes poeple do not have time. The site brings all of the products together into categories so customers can search for items easily or they can choose to look at the products in their favourite shops instead.

If they choose to shop online then when they are ready to pay for their goods, they are given a choice of whether to click and collect from each shop, or if they prefer, to just pick up all the shopping from one place. Whatever you choose, the shops pack their part of your order and then you can go to the collection point to collect your shopping in one place.

Have you signed up your business?

Several are in the process of joining and we encourage all businesses who have considered selling online to take a look. It may turn out to be  a very helpful use of the time afforded by the current National Restrictions.

Find out more:

If you would like more details or have any questions please contact Lauren and Ann at
Timely reminders and information from First Bus
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How to get started with
Google My Business for your business

It’s likely that your business is already listed on Google, but if you haven’t yet ‘verified it’ or updated the information then you could be missing out on traffic to your site, customers to your shop and ultimately sales.  

Google My Business (GMB) is a free tool that allows you to manage how your business appears on Google Search and Google Maps. By verifying your business, you can add your business name, location, and trading hours; you can monitor and reply to customer reviews and add product or location photos.  You can also keep your customers informed about your business - so if you’re currently operating a reduced service or are closed due to COVID-19, your GMB profile is the easiest way to keep your customers informed.

This article from the Maybe* website is very helpful and well worth a read if you haven't already claimed or set up your Google My Business entry
Go to the article

We are pleased to be working with the West Somerset Free Press, promoting our ongoing Shop Local campaign.

The latest edition of the West Somerset edition of Word Gets Around magazine is being delivered to households.
You may find this poster useful - click here to download the full-size version (PDF file)
All of Somerset County Council's help and information is now available in a single place on the SCC website

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