Shouting loud about Durham City’s Independent Businesses

More than 70 Durham businesses are working together to promote the city’s Independent Businesses and boost the local economy by £millions!

Under the banner Totally Locally Durham, the businesses, which include shops, hairdressers, service providers, museums, cafes, restaurants and more, are launching their first Fiver Fest with numerous offers available from Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th June.

Colin Wilkes, managing director of Durham Markets, first introduced the Totally Locally concept in Durham Market Hall in April 2013.  The movement has since grown to incorporate many more independent businesses in Durham City.  Colin commented: “All independent businesses are facing challenges from national chains, out of town retail parks and the internet.  By working together, we can remind people what’s available on their doorstep.  The independent businesses are run by people who are incredibly knowledgeable, and more than happy to give advice, and ideas, and help us all to get exactly what we want.  The beauty of working together as Totally Locally Durham is that if one business can’t supply what the customer is looking for, then they will be able to point them to another that can.”

Colin added: “The economic advantage of spending in Durham City is important to all of us.  If each household in Durham City were to spend just £5 each week with local independents rather than with national chains or online, it would put a staggering £4.6 million* into the local economy.”

For more information about the offers available during the Fiver Fest from Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th June, visit, and follow Totally Locally Durham on Facebook.

Totally Locally is an award-winning shop local campaign which started life in North West England.  It promotes the value to the local economy and community of spending locally, learning what is available within your own community, and sharing your own local knowledge with others to ensure vibrant local independent businesses.

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