Huntingdonshire District Council has launched a new partnership with online retail platform 'Click It Local', which will enable independent shops in towns across the district to offer a range of products for customers and have them delivered on the same or next day.

From Tuesday 2 March, residents in Huntingdonshire can use Click it Local, enabling them to purchase everything from one marketplace – from weekly food essentials, gifts and treats from any independent businesses signed up to the platform.

Items can be chosen from many different shops within an order, with one payment and one delivery fee.

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Executive Leader of Huntingdonshire District Council, Cllr Ryan Fuller said: "Since the pandemic began last March, businesses across our district have experienced very significant effects on their operating models and income streams as they navigate changing restrictions on their ability to trade.

Click it Local is a fantastic opportunity for our local high street businesses in Huntingdonshire to have an online presence. We aim to encourage more people to shop locally and support independent businesses that are at the centre of our local economy. The new service will provide customers with a convenient and safe way to shop online, whilst supporting their local businesses."

Huntingdon Mayor, Karl Webb: "In these unprecedented times, we need to find more ways to support our local businesses. The Click it Local initiative can make a real difference, from business owners to our residents, shopping has become more accessible to all."

Ramsey Mayor, Steve Corney: "This is a great concept and I’m looking forward to promoting not only the shops in Ramsey but all the small home-run businesses that we have here too."

St Ives Mayor, Jonathan Pallant: "A slick online store, offering doorstep delivery of high-street produce from across Huntingdonshire, could be exactly what our local shops need and I would urge all our local retailers to look at these new ways of reaching customers. I also call on residents to make sure they #ShopLocal wherever they can, so that their High Street is still there for them when this crisis is over. I’m also excited by the example our larger cities have set in the use of "cargo" pedal-bikes and e-bikes for last-mile deliveries, and I think that model would work brilliantly in St Ives and our other market towns as well."

St Neots Mayor, Stephen Ferguson (on behalf of St Neots Town Council): "During the past 12 months, shoppers have become increasingly dependent on online retail, which until now has often excluded small local traders. This is an excellent initiative that will allow the local independent stores, which are the lifeblood of our local economy, to reach their customers more effectively. I fully support this and urge residents to shop locally wherever possible."

Huntingdon Bid, Sue Wing: "BID Huntingdon welcomes the announcement that Huntingdonshire District Council is partnering with Click it Local. This will provide an excellent opportunity for local businesses."

If you are a business interested in finding out more about signing up with Click it Local, please contact hello@clickitlocal.co.uk