I am on a mission to get more people shopping at independent online shops.
I started Love Our Shops UK to help independent online shops become more visible. I know how hard an online shopkeeper works (as I ran mine for over 9 years) and how one of the hardest parts is getting consistent traffic. I also know, from a shoppers perspective, how difficult it can be to find independent online shops.
Love Our Shops is a shopping directory & blog….it is a way to market your shop, increase visibility, be part of a growing supportive community and gain valuable advice.
The website is the hub for all the shops. Each member shop gets their own shop page featuring up to 12 products. Each one linked back to the product page in their shop.
I share you, talk about you, promote you and generally tell consumers how wonderful you are. The whole aim is to inspire shoppers.
Shoppers get to know you, like you and trust you.
As a thriving community of shops we can help and support each other.
Together we are a bigger voice, we have a bigger presence.
Being in one place makes it so much easier for the shopper to find all your unique shops.
When others talk about you, people listen.
It is so difficult to talk about your own shop all the time, so let us talk about you too. We love sharing the SHOP LOVE.
Love Our Shops UK helps independent online stores by:
These are all the current benefits.
But there will be so many opportunities for all member shops when we start to become a bigger voice together. Including PR, specialist masterclasses and collaboration. The online and in person events we can all do together are endless. We can all help each other in so many ways. I can help you all in so many ways.
See what one of our member shops says:
“Love Our Shops UK is a vibrant showcase for British independent online shops and it has been great to be one of its founding members. Barbara’s enthusiasm for championing ‘shop small’ is infectious and when talking to her, you can really tell her passion is genuine. I am excited to be part of Love Our Shop UK’s next step and look forward to a growing community.” Sarah Kelly, Saloukee Jewellery
We feature a wide range of stores from food to sports, gifts to clothing, beauty to crafting items and lots more besides.
We review each member application carefully to ensure it is right for the shoppers who visit us.
They expect quality products, good customer service, a professional user friendly site and shops with personality. You will therefore know you will be in the directory along with other shops who are, just as wonderful as yours and the traffic that you get from this directory is the kind that want to visit your store.
As a guide your shop must fit into the following criteria:
All you have to do is fill in a quick application form which asks you a couple of simple questions about you and your shop. We will then review it, to ensure it is a fit with our visitors and is in line with the criteria detailed above.
If your shop is perfect for our directory, we will be very pleased to offer you a place and we will send you all the information to help you quickly setup your shop.
You can cancel your membership at any time, you can halt your application at any time, sending your application in is no way committing you to become a member. So you can apply without worrying that you are signing up to something because you aren’t. We will simply review the application and get back to you. Easy and no commitment.
Our doors are now open to recruit our next group of UK independent online shops.
Would you like to be one of these special shops?
** Introductory offer for the first 50 shops!!***
We are currently offering membership at just one third of the full price. This is only £9 per month. That is just 30 pence per day!!!
The best bit is this price is locked in for you and you can cancel at any time. As long as you remain a member you will only ever pay £9* a month for directory membership, even when the price increases. Joining fee is offered at just £20 for this introductory offer.
Full price will be £60 joining fee and £30 per month. Which is still great value for money, but not the amazing deal of just 30 pence per day!!
Do you have any questions?
Need to know anything else? Feel free to contact me by whatever method grabs you; email, call us, text us, message us or feel free to send us a lovely handwritten letter (that would be wonderful especially if on pretty paper!). Our Contact Us Page.
Not ready to apply but want to know more?
Then pop along to our Shop Talk blog or sign up for our Shop Talk email. You can also follow us on the social channels to see what we are up to.
I wish you all the best with your online store. You are such an important part of the UK economy and an important part of all your local economies. People don’t realise how important you are. So lets tell them, together.
*we are not currently VAT registered. This price will increase to £9 plus VAT when we are.