I know because I have been there. For just under 10 years I ran a busy online shop. It took a huge amount of effort to get a consistent flow of traffic to my website. Once there they bought, but getting them there in the first place wasn’t easy. “Build and they will come” just doesn’t work online, especially when competing against the multinational online shops and the huge market places.
Which is why I created a shopping directory. To help shoppers find independent shops online, and to help shops on the directory, find shoppers.
The shops are all online and many are on the high street too.
There has never been a better time to join.
The shop independent movement is gathering pace, more and more people are looking online for independent shops. We are all waking up to the benefits of shopping small, shopping local and supporting small businesses.
Join today so shoppers can find you. The benefits, what you get as a member, who can join and the price are all below.
Joining is easy, simply take any of the Apply Here buttons and fill in a few details about your shop.
My mission with the shopping directory, is to inspire and help everyone to shop independent as much as they possibly can. Which is why I include a wide range of shops.
Shop categories for all our shopping needs. Including (but not limited to) Beauty & Pampering, Children and Babies, Clothes & Accessories, Craft & Hobby, Food & Drink, Gifts & Stationery, Home & Garden, Pet Supplies, Sports & Leisure and Weddings & Parties.
Grace of Beyond Measure.
Traffic: shoppers find you on the directory and I direct them to your online shop.
Sharing: of your products and shop across all my social channels.
Support: access to a private members group for help and support.
SEO: direct links to your website, plus your get a Love Our Shops UK badge which you can add to your website and link to your shop page.
Trust: shoppers know you are to be trusted as you are part of the directory.
Together: we are a bigger voice.
Great Value: no commission, all sales are 100% yours.
Great company: you are in great company alongside other great shops.
I explain the benefits in more detail here Benefits of Being a Member.
We are a directory and not a market place. Shoppers find you on the directory and I direct them to your shop to browse further and buy.
All of the sales are done on your shop, they are your customers, there is no sales commission.
I choose shops carefully. Only those that are good enough make the cut.
A wide variety shops, making it as useful as possible to the shopper.
I love independent shops and proud to champion you all every single day.
Each shop gets their own shop page with up to 12 products which link directly through to your website. Use these to link to a particular product or to a product category.
About us section, giving details of your shop including a featured image and a direct link to your website.
About you section so shoppers can read all about you, the shop owner.
Your shop page links to a particular shop category and your individual products link to a product category. This means you can be found across a number of different categories.
Your shop page isn’t the only place you get found on Love Our Shops UK.
There is a shops directory and a product directory page. You will be in both.
You will have a featured product on the carousel on the home page. Plus you will be the number one image on the sliding banner of the home page when you join.
You can add offers and sales to the Offers page.
On the blog either in the shop lists section, the different Indie Edits I create or a behind the scenes spotlight blog post all about you and your shop.
Amy, Alex and Otis (the very cute dog in this picture) run Pawshtails.
Directory membership is currently just £10 per month. Only £2.31 a week, less than the cost of a coffee.
This price is fixed for the life of your membership and there is no sales commission.
Joining fee is a one off fee of just £20.
You can cancel at any time (though I am sure you won’t want to).
As long as you remain a member, you will only ever pay £10* a month.
I love to champion independent shops in the UK. They are such an important part of our lives, not only because they contribute directly to the UK economy but also because they are amazing and run by some really passionate, hard working, genuinely lovely people. Shopping with them is an absolute pleasure, the way shopping should be.
I am Barbara and you will find me talking independent shopping, sharing all the amazing shops and their great products.
I love running the shopping directory and enjoy supporting and sharing each and every one of the member shops.
Penny of Colmers Hill Fashion boutique.
I review each directory application carefully to ensure it is right for the shoppers who visit us and fits in well with all the other shop members.
You will therefore know you will be in the directory along with other shops who are, just as brilliant as you.
The shoppers expect quality products, good customer service, a professional user friendly site and shops with personality.
Your shop must be:
In addition you must have a good online reputation, good customer service and using at least one social media channel that portrays your shop well.
Becoming a member shop is easy.
All you have to do is fill in a quick application form, we will review it to ensure it is in line with the criteria detailed above then get back to you.
You can cancel your membership at any time. Sending your application is in no way committing you to become a member.
I will simply review the application and get back to you.
The current cost is £10 per month, and £20 joining fee for a standard directory membership. This will remain at £10* a month for the lifetime of your membership.
Do you have any questions?
Need to know anything else? I will be more than happy to answer your questions. simply email me email@example.com.
*we are not currently VAT registered. This price will increase to plus VAT when we are.