Businesses in Barnstaple are signing up to a week-long campaign that encourages shoppers to get back into the town centre and shop local.

Independent companies are taking part in the first ever Totally Locally National Fiver Fest, a nationwide campaign which runs from Saturday, June 8 to 15.

Shops, cafés, restaurants, pubs and businesses will be putting on special £5 offers for the duration of the campaign, which aims to boost the town centre and high street.

There are more than 10 businesses signed up so far, with more encouraged to get on board before the week kicks off.

Louise Darcy of Barnstaple Town Centre Management said: "We're joining in with the National Fiver Fest to give people some great bargains for local shoppers, but also to showcase the town and the fantastic range of independent shops and businesses we have here.

"If every adult in Barnstaple spent just £5 a week with their local independent shops and businesses instead of online or at the big supermarkets or chain stores it would be worth approximately £200,000 going directly into our local economy.

"On average each independent business has around 12 local suppliers who are also often independent, family-run businesses. So that £5 spent is re-spent locally as well, further helping the town. And the beauty of spending £5 is that it's easy, guilt free and pretty much anyone can do it.

"Tiny actions like this can make a huge impact when lots of people vote with their feet!"

The Fiver Fest has been devised by Totally Locally, a marketing campaign for towns to help buck the trend of declining high streets.

Totally Locally founder Chris Sands said: "Independent businesses are the lifeblood of our high streets and town centres, run by incredibly passionate and knowledgeable people, often pouring their life savings into their businesses.

"Everyone is aware of the challenges our High Streets are facing and, so far, there has been a lot of talk but no real actions. We decided to coordinate a National Fiver Fest to celebrate our independent businesses and high streets, spreading the word about our £5 message and get people back into our town centre's and supporting their high street."

Any independent business wishing to participate in the Fiver Fest in Barnstaple can contact Barnstaple Town Centre Management's Louise Darcy at or on the Facebook page, Barnstaple- It's a Must.