Online marketplace launches for small businesses in Basingstoke and Deane

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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 called The Borough Basket, due to launch in November.

The Borough Basket is another marketplace launching to support local small and independent businesses by giving them their own online platform to buy and sell. As the virus continues to rise and Christmas just around the corner, support is needed to get businesses online and selling in a safe and convenient way.

“The launch of this exciting new online marketplace for the borough’s independent businesses that we all know and love is very timely.

“Not only will it provide a boost to all those smaller local shops and restaurants who have faced enormous struggles to survive during the pandemic but it will also give people a convenient and easy way to shop locally, especially in the run-up to Christmas.
The council is pleased to be part of this excellent initiative, which will support local businesses to be able to sell their goods for the first time online, and I would like to thank all of our partners who have worked quickly to set the marketplace up. I would encourage any independent shop or restaurant owner who is interested to find out more and sign up.”

– Cllr Ken Rhatigan, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

Selling on The Borough Basket:

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council are urging businesses to sign up to the free scheme ahead of the launch next month and have pledged to reimburse participating businesses with any sales commission and transaction fees charged by the online payment solution up to the first £500 generated in sales.

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.

For more information on applying to sell on the platforms contact [email protected]

3 Responses

  1. This is actually forward looking for a council. What we normally get is a Gov funded Store open up in the high street and shut down a month later, right now we have 2 x bespoke sweetie shops suddenly spring up for a village of 2000 people. They will be gone in 2 month.

    If they can of course market it correct to let people know it is actually there. Plenty of people are happy to shoplocal it is just those local businesses getting noticed. There are plenty of vibrant Facebook pages out there that prove that.

    The internet is basically controlled by the US and China tax avoiders in the UK and the business in the UK has to pay a small fortune just to get seen.

    I have never bothered before this year with Facebook marketplace but have done really well out of it, I had a guy travel from the West coast to pick up a TV the other day.
    You do however have lot of time wasters, if you could get rid of that problem…and the fact it is just another US tax avoider in Facebook essentially controlling your business and coverage.
    So a well marketed local marketplace for local business to sell online to the local community could be a very good idea.

  2. just another grant funded scheme thought up by amateur officials to jusify their expense claims and meetings
    if local business cant survive in affluent southern Britain Basingstoke,
    what hope have the rest of us

  3. Sounds like a great idea, that’s what local councils should be involved in, helping to improve their communities by creating opportunities. I just hope Incuhive aren’t taking advantage of the situation.



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