The UK’s first eco-local reward card
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The UK’s first eco-local reward card

Who are we?

Welcome to Be Local, the UK’s first ever Eco-local Reward Scheme to benefit both local businesses and households, as well as the local environment.

Launched in August 2020, Be Local is a community support initiative developed by The Hive, a full-service hospitality and coworking hub in Cranbrook, Kent, that caters for a range of social and business needs across the local community. Driven by their passion to support all things local, The Hive’s vision was to build on these core values by proactively helping the local community to thrive post-lockdown. And so, by using part of its Covid-19 Grant to fund the initiative, Be Local was born.

Be Local provides vital exposure for organisations across the Weald of Kent and Sussex, rewards loyal customers with a variety of deals and discounts, and supports a range of good causes including its chosen charity, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

Who can benefit?

FREE MONTHLY LISTING – A big deal for local business

Be Local is a brand-new promotional platform for local businesses and charitable organisations to proactively drive custom by sharing their exclusive deals and discounts with local households. If you own a local business, add your free monthly listing along with any special deals you are currently offering, and receive free advertising and social media promotion until the end of 2020*. All for a one-off administration fee of just £3. Simply click on ‘FREE ADVERTISING’, use the code LOVELOCAL ahead of checkout, and manage your listing using your own username and password. You can edit your listing as many times as you like to promote your special offers throughout the year.

*From 1st January 2021, your Be Local listing will cost just £8.40 per month, £2 of which will go directly to our chosen charity, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, with the remainder going towards maintaining, advertising and promoting the scheme across the Weald of Kent & Sussex.

Benefits of the scheme include featuring in the Be Local directory, map, and search tools; prominent homepage exposure for each deal added; an opportunity to promote your own ‘green beliefs’ and chosen charity; a chance to showcase your organisation on the Be Local blog and news pages; a window sticker (or flowerbed sign for a small additional fee); and a notepad and pen to record the effectiveness of your promotions.

Whether you have a retail outlet in the high street, a nearby office, or are working from home, create your free listing today or phone 0800 0219 555. If you run a not-for-profit organisation, you can apply for continued free web listings and promotion post-2020 as part of the scheme. Please contact us for further details.

 FREE MEMBERSHIP – Great deals for local customers

 Anyone can order the cheapest products to be delivered from the other side of the world, but as we become increasingly concerned about the environment and begin to refocus on factors such as customer service, more of us are choosing to Be Local, spend local, and ultimately, love local.

The aim of Be Local is to reward loyal customers by offering them a range of exclusive offers. Members can look out for local window stickers or flowerbed signs, browse the Be Local website for the latest deals, and check out their weekly newsletter detailing what’s on offer, as well as events taking place in the local area. To claim a special offer, simply present your card in store, or quote your membership number in your email or over the phone when you place an order and/or make a purchase.

So, if you live in the Weald, love to shop local, and can’t wait to grab yourself a bargain, sign up for a FREE Be Local membership card today. Alternatively, you can pop into The Hive at 19, Stone Street, Cranbrook, or simply phone 0800 0219 555 to receive your card through your letter box.

CREATING A BUZZ FOR BEES – A fairer deal for nature

Supporting local is also a great way of reducing our carbon footprint and ‘doing our bit’ for the environment. As well as promoting the idea of eco-localisation (activities which result in shorter supply chains and help to sustain the local economy), the Be Local scheme is also designed to actively support a range of environmental causes. As part of this, we will be donating a proportion of funds raised to our chosen charity, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, which is committed to creating more bee-friendly forage, and therefore a more sustainable habitat, for the UK’s favourite food pollinators: the humble bumblebee.

Become ‘local’ today!

Becoming a part of the Be Local community couldn’t be easier. Simply click for a free listing or membership card and start reaping the rewards today! If you’d like to become a patron or sponsor of Be Local and take advantage of our co-branding and promotional opportunities, please contact emma.smith@hivehubs.buzz.