Supporting our high street is more important than ever as retail giants cast a shadow over our local high street retailers. Independent business owners increasingly rely upon the support of their local community members to fill empty chairs and empty full shelves.
Victoria Mann, CEO and founder of the ‘NearMeNow’ app is revolutionizing the local high street and her feet haven’t touched the ground since the app’s launch in May. Victoria’s passion for helping the local high street has kept her moving at a fast pace and has led to many early successes. The ESTnet managed to catch a few minutes with Victoria to find out what’s been happening.
Victoria told us of the app’s successful three month pilot in Cowbridge, which saw the app’s concept of uniting independents and giving them a collaborative platform to advertise and engage with their community and its visitors, really come to life. She expressed her pride that Cowbridge is now a finalist in the ‘Great British High Street Awards’ with an application that showcased the town’s digital transformation, a clear testament to the success of the app and the ethos of NearMeNow.
The success of the pilot captured the attention of many who undoubtedly agree that our high streets need to be future proofed. In July, NearMeNow successfully pitched in Wrexham at Pitch@Palace, winning them a place at Bootcamp at Cambridge Business school on October 4th and will take them to Buckingham Palace in November.
In August, Victoria was shortlisted as a finalist for Start-Up Entrepreneur of the Year category at the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards, another tremendous achievement which validates the work she’s undertaking.
Off the back of their success, Cardiff became the app’s next location in September with independents across the capital, many nestled in the city’s Arcades, joining together to put their businesses on the NearMeNow map.
It’s been full throttle so far for Victoria, with no sign of abating, and we wish her every success for Pitch@Palace.