'Find It Farsley' - village in west Leeds launches its own local business directory to help boost post lockdown sales

More than 100 traders in a west Leeds suburb have signed up to a new, local business directory in a bid to boost the high street after lockdown two.

By Emma Ryan
Monday, 7th December 2020, 6:00 am

‘Find it in Farsley’ is the brainchild of digital marketer Clare Clifford who decided to use her expertise in helping businesses shine online to put her local high street on the map.

The site offers local businesses an online presence without the associated costs and allows those from Farsley and beyond to shop local. Businesses on the site are also promoted via social media and there are plans for a quarterly newsletter in 2021.

Ms Clifford, owner of Sunshine Digital Media, has been part of the local community in Farsley for over a decade. She said: "I’ve seen so many local businesses struggling, adapting and pivoting during the pandemic, some have succeeded, and others haven’t. Being a small business owner myself I understand that you put your heart and soul into your business and trying to operate in a global pandemic is such a challenge, a real rollercoaster of emotions and cash flow.

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Clare Clifford is leading Find It Farsley.

“I wanted to do something to help my fellow business owners, beyond just spending with them where I can. My aim is to pull together all the wonderful things that Farsley has to offer and showcase them so local residents need look no further than their own doorstep. I believe you really can find (just about) everything you need in Farsley.”

Farsley is six miles out of Leeds and is home to a thriving business community. The village is home to two mill conversions – Sunny Bank Mills and Springfield Mills - which house a variety of businesses including hairdressers, beauticians, an art gallery and a craft brewery.

Farsley Town Street hosts range of independent businesses from coffee shops and restaurants to clothing boutiques and Sutcliffe’s Greengrocers which has been open for over 100 years.

She added: “We’ve had over 100 businesses and counting apply, a small team of volunteers is working to upload them and help those who might struggle with copywriting sell their business in 100 words. It’s important that those who don’t have a ‘shop front’ are able to raise their profile too.

How to Find It Farsley online.

“We are so lucky and fortunate to have such a talented community and when you buy from a small business you really are making someone do a happy dance. Whether you live in Farsley or not – try and keep it local this Christmas and beyond."

Business based in Farsley or the surrounding areas, can apply to be part of Find it in Farsley at: https://www.finditinfarsley.co.uk/

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