Meeting to progress online retail initiative

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Proposals to establish an online commerce scheme for Forfar have taken a step forward due to sponsorship from an unnamed benefactor.

A meeting will be held in the Chapelbank Hotel tomorrow (Thursday) to discuss how the My High Street scheme can be progressed.

It is being championed by the Earl of Strathmore, owner of David Irons & Sons hardware store on Castle Street, who called a preliminary meeting last month to gauge initial interest.

My High Street brings together independent traders to promote their businesses and communities under its Target 200 initiative, run in conjunction with the British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA). This aims to take 200 High Streets across the UK and their thousands of retailers on to the internet to boost online business and customer footfall.

The site works by retailers opening their own e-commerce stores and, as more join, they are grouped together by town until the community is profiled by goods and services and forms its own ‘brand’.

In a letter to retailers Lord Strathmore said the meeting, which starts at 2.30 p.m., will allow the scheme to be taken forward.

He said: “My wife and I are very happy to announce that a private individual has come forward to very generously sponsor the scheme with a view to keeping the ball rolling.

“The purpose of the meeting is to gather all associated parties who are interested in coming in on the scheme, for example, Forfar Business Initiative, the community council and the council itself. Independent retailers who wish to advertise or sell online should attend.”