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Local MP praises local business-boosting shopping service

March 27, 2017 1:17 PM

Otley MP Greg Mulholland has spoken of his support for an innovative new shopping service in the town.

ShopAppy was launched in Otley and Saltaire by Jackie Mulligan in November 2016 and aims to provide shoppers with an alternative to large supermarkets whilst benefiting local small businesses. It has since expanded to cover Shipley and Ilkley.

As online supermarket shopping has become increasingly popular, ShopAppy allows small independent shops to list their goods on one central online marketplace. Customers can then choose from all of the products listed by the various shops and pay for them online. The groceries are then taken by the shops to one central location and are available for collection by the customer.

Greg with Jackie and PeterCommenting, Mr Mulholland said:
"The strength of Otley as an independent market town makes it a perfect launch location for a service such as ShopAppy. It is great to see that the collective impact of small businesses in the town can be used to take on the large supermarkets, supporting traders and providing consumers with more choice.

"I was delighted to meet with ShopAppy founder Jackie Mulligan and hear her plans to expand the service through the town and further afield and I hope to see the website go from strength to strength as more people use it."

Jackie Mulligan, founder of ShopAppy, said:
"ShopAppy will give every independent in every local town a 24-hour shop window, doesn't take commission on sales and encourages shoppers to look at what amazing things are on their doorstep. It is great to have convenience but it is also great when you feel good about where you shop.

Peter Jackson, Landlord of the Otley Tavern, a drop-off point for ShopAppy orders, added:
"ShopAppy is a great local business that I am happy to support, and promote shopping locally. This is something that the Otley Chamber of Trade has been promoting for years, so it is fantastic to see such an enthusiastic take-up of the service."