Shop Smart, shop local was launched in Caterham on August 6th, to reward shoppers and business loyalty. About one thousand people have already applied to be members and its proving very popular among residents, shops and local businesses.
Of the first members there are similar numbers from both Hill & Valley and about a third of all applications are from other nearby places.
Leaflets, cards, a web site and a launch competition are part of a scheme launched by the Caterham Business Partnership and ABC ( A Better Caterham). Leaflets were distributed with the Caterham Independent newspaper's August edition, participating shops & both libraries. The campaign is also being well supported by the Caterham Mirror and Advertiser.
The scheme is backed by the local businesses taking part and supported by grants from Surrey CC, Tandridge DC, Caterham Valley and Caterham on the Hill Parish Councils.
At launch there were 31 shops in the scheme and now there are 40 The panel below lists each one. Most recent entrants are: MHP studios in Westway, who have donated a prize of a £150 voucher to the Loyalty trail competition, Barrett's Gun and Sporting goods shop in High St who have also donated a prize to the competition and Queen Elizabeth's foundation in Croydon Rd, who are offering everyone jute QEF bags worth £1.99 for a purchase of £10.
Several others are in discussions, so watch this space!
Details of all the latest shops and their offers, together with a local shopping map and other material are in the launch materials, plus an information sheet which covers the latest entrants and offers by all shops. This sheet is also a competition entry form, for the Loyalty Trail.(see below for competition details).
The new Caterham web site with this information, including the shops, offers and their locations around the town has been created and can be reached from the banner below. With September being back to school month, there are several offers in places like Craft Stationers to provide essentials at attractive prices.
Please note that all information is subject to change, while we add extra shops and of course some offers are for seasonal items.
These News/Blog pages and the Virtual Shops site will merge onto http://www.shopsmartcaterham.co.uk shortly.
The scheme covers both Caterham Valley and Caterham on the Hill, with 22 outlets in the Valley and now 18 on the Hill. Other parts of Caterham are welcome too.
Offers proposed range from straight forward discounts of up to 20%, to free items, promotions, vouchers for monthly draws and special terms.
Membership for Shoppers, Residents and Businesses...Now On-line registration too.
Everyone can apply for a free membership card; the Caterham Smart Card via the web site by clicking the card to the right , or by completing an application form in leaflets distributed at launch, or in shops displaying a Shop Smart Apply Here poster. (Age 17 and over) The cards come in a convenient "Big & Small" snap off pair, so one can go on a key ring and another in a wallet, or families can decide who has which.
A competition has been launched at the same time, with entry forms at all participating outlets. By visiting at least 30 locations and completing the form, entries will go into a prize draw for a drive around Caterham in a Caterham 7 Superlight R 500 as featured in Top Gear's show! or £100 in lieu of the test drive for the winner, or to the second out of the hat. The competition will run to the 25th of September, so you have time to visit all the locations and discover shops and services locally you did not know were there. The latest form is available to download in the panel to the far right and shops also have copies. Later forms will have the latest shops added too. To enter the competition, complete whichever version of the form you have and hand in to any "Apply Here" point. There is now a second draw for those visiting at least 10 locations, see the trail sheets for details.
The list of current outlets is below: ( Sept 18th)
|Bow Butterfly||Valley Godstone Rd|
|Caterham Linens||Valley Godstone Rd|
|J. J. Browne & Son, Jewellers ||Valley Godstone Rd*|
|William Hill Furniture & Furnishings||Valley Godstone Rd|
|Martin & Co. Property Rentals ||Valley Godstone Rd|
|Craft Stationers||Valley Godstone Rd|
|Dollman & Pritchard, Solicitors. ||Valley The Square|
|Peter Groom Jewellrey||Valley Church Walk*|
|Wimpy||Valley Church Walk|
|Catax. Taxis & Minibus ||Valley Station Av|
|Floral Gallery Florists||Valley Station Av|
|D&A. Opticians ||Valley Station Av|
|Touche Hairdressers ||Valley Station Av*|
|Waitrose||Valley Station Av|
|Amber Room. Hair Salon ||Valley Croydon Rd|
|Colourschemer Interiors||Valley Croydon Rd|
|La Fiaba Italian Restaurant||Valley Croydon Rd|
|Queen Elizabeth's Foundation||Valley Croydon Rd|
|Rawlings Opticians ||Valley Croydon Rd |
|Recruitment Solutions ||Valley Croydon Rd|
|Southern Cooperative||Valley Croydon Rd|
|Visions||Valley Croydon Rd|
Caterham on the Hill
|Dove's Decorating Supplies||Chaldon Rd|
|Milan Designs||Chaldon Rd|
|It's a Pet's Life||Chaldon Rd|
|1001 Rugs||High St|
|Barrett's Guns and Sporting Goods||High St|
|Cheveux by Toni||High St|
|Olivish Mediterranean Restaurant||High St|
|Roger Lugg Accountants||High St|
|Swift Windows||High St*|
|The Cedars Osteopathic & Natural Health Practice||High St|
|Village Health Foods||High St*|
|Vivace Pianos||High St*|
|Yarn House||High St|
|Caterham Pine||Town End*|
|Tandridge Leisure. deStafford Sports Centre||Burntwood Lane|
Apply Here points are marked with *
Others are welcome to join and we will keep this list updated and add details of offers at launch, plus on the competition trail sheets. The slide show to the right shows the shops in the scheme. If you click on the pictures you can get a Google link to locations and contact information too.