Are you an independent online shop, being run right here in the UK? Would you like more traffic to your shop and more customers?
I began Love Our Shops UK with the simple mission of; help shoppers find and shop at British independent online shops. That’s it!
I know how hard an online shopkeeper works (as I ran mine for 10 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.
Which is why I created Love Our Shops UK. A community of independent shops.
Love Our Shops is a community, a shopping directory and an inspiring blog. Be part of it and help shoppers find you.
Our doors are now open to recruit our founder group of UK independent online shops.
Would you like to be one of these special shops? This is an inspiring directory, which is growing every day.
*** An introductory offer for founder members***
We are currently offering standard directory membership at just £5 per month. That is less than 17 pence per day!!!
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 £5* a month, even when the price increases. Joining fee is also greatly reduced at just £10, for this introductory offer.
The price will increase as Love Our Shops UK grows. It will always be great value for money, but not this amazing deal.
Love Our Shops UK is a shopping directory (and not a marketplace), with a strong focus on community and inspiration.
All shopping is done directly with each individual shop, so there is no sales commission.
The customers are your customers.
As a thriving community of shops, we can help and support each other. Together we are a bigger voice, we have a bigger presence.
Below is a summary of all the benefits. I explain them in more detail here Benefits of Being a Member.
Every benefit adds up to helping you gain more traffic to your shop and getting more customers.
In summary they are:
Bonus benefit… Your directory membership fee will not increase. The price will be going up as Love Our Shops UK grows but your rate won’t.
I have so many ideas for the future that you will benefit from, but you will remain at your low rate.
I go into more detail for each in my Benefits of Being a Member blog post.
where all members can see what they can be involved in, ask questions, get support and see what others are up to for inspiration and ideas.
There is so much you need to know when running an online shop, therefore, we like to share with you helpful tips and advice to improve your store and help with running your business.
We tend to keep ourselves to ourselves, so wouldn’t it be great to be part of a group where you can share experiences, ask questions and divulge online retail information.
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, events and collaboration. The ideas, possibilities, opportunities are endless.
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 brilliant as yours.
As a guide your shop must fit into the following criteria:
Becoming a member shop is easy.
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. We will simply review the application and get back to you.
The current cost is £5 per month plus £10 joining fee for a standard directory membership. But this is an introductory offer, limited to the first few shops, so be quick!! You can cancel at any time. This will remain at £5* a month for the lifetime of your membership, as a thank you for being a founder member.
Do you have any questions?
Need to know anything else? Feel free to contact me by whatever method grabs you; email, phone, text, message on social media 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 see what is going on?
Join the Independent Shops UK Facebook group. This is especially for independent online shops in the UK. It is free and a place for us all to come together and to start to support each other. Be great to see you there.
Follow us on the social channels to see what we are up to. Or join our Lovely List for our email updates. Pop your email address in the box at the top right of this page…or here.
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 plus VAT when we are.