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Businesses encouraged to sign up to new online marketplace

Small and independent businesses in Basingstoke and Deane will soon have the opportunity to sell their products and services to a wider audience on a new online marketplace for the borough.

Businesses are invited to sign up to this free scheme ahead of the launch next month. The exciting e-commerce platform, The Borough Basket, has been set up to help local businesses take the leap in selling their goods online and will provide a single website for residents to buy products from their favourite shops and restaurants.

With more people turning to online shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic and Christmas not far away, it is the perfect time to give online shopping a go alongside visiting the borough’s fantastic range of shops.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council will reimburse participating businesses with any sales commission and transaction fees charged by the online payment solution up to the first £500 generated in sales and also provide business and marketing support.

The online marketplace has been set up by the council, The Designlab and partners through the Love Basingstoke group, and will be supported by IncuHive business incubation services.

The Love Basingstoke group comprises Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Basingstoke Together BID, Destination Basingstoke, The Malls, Festival Place, Basing View, Anvil Arts, BDT and London Clancy property agents.

For more information contact business@lovebasingstoke.co.uk.