Merton Council has announced the launch of Merton Local, a new app to support local businesses to grow and develop.
The app, created by developer bubltown, will bring together residents and businesses, showing them the range of small and independent businesses available in their local area.
So far 250 businesses have registered to join the app and more than 330 residents have downloaded it.
The local economy has suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic, with businesses forced to close due to lockdowns and manage ongoing restrictions.
Through Merton Local, the council hopes to boost all local businesses and revitalise the high streets.
The app is designed to show residents the shops, restaurants, gyms and other services available in their area. Businesses can then offer exclusive discounts and offers to the app’s users.
Announcing the launch of Merton Local, Councillor Eleanor Stringer, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Civic Pride, told colleagues that Merton Local was vital to the recovery of businesses after the pandemic.
She said: “Our local businesses suffered heavily during the pandemic, coping with lockdowns and restrictions on their operations.
“Now is the time for us to do everything we can to promote businesses to residents and encourage them to shop locally.
“The Your Merton survey conducted last year showed us that residents value their high streets.
“By using Merton Local, residents can start the journey to building the high street they, and we, want by helping local businesses to succeed.”