A new virtual shopping guide that showcases live content from Ashford and Tenterden businesses is now live.

It lets shoppers find businesses in their local areas, view the latest social media content and shop with them for rewards. These local guides have already been deployed by more than 50 councils and shopping centres across the UK. 

With UK high streets set to see the reopening of non-essential retail in April, the guides make it simple to support local and will help businesses to connect with nearby shoppers. Every purchase by a registered shopper in participating businesses benefits other registered businesses nearby. It does not require any apps to be downloaded and is completely free for shoppers and businesses to access.  


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The guides, better known as Local Rewards, have been created by Maybe*, a social media management platform, that helps businesses use social media to increase their digital activity and boost sales. The Maybe* platform provides all the tools and training businesses might need to increase revenue through social media engagement, even for those that already understand the basics.  

Hannah Clayton-Peck, Town Centre Regeneration Manager, said: “We believe that having Local Rewards for Ashford and Tenterden will encourage shoppers to explore their local area. It will showcase to residents what shopping local is all about and will give people the chance to easily discover what’s in their towns in one easy to use guide.”

Hannah Clayton-Peck, Town Centre Regeneration Manager

Ashford Borough Council is sponsoring 1,000 local businesses across the borough to sign up for a Maybe* account. The account grants them free access to live webinars, training tools and insight tools for 12 months, as well as one to one support from the Maybe* experts. To sign up head to localrewards.chat and click Sign Up My Business. 

By Ed