Published: 08 February 2022

High Street shops and local businesses across the UK face an uncertain future as more and more consumer spend goes to the online giants. Mid Sussex is now fighting back with the launch of local virtual high streets making it easier for people to shop closer to home. The Council is enabling our independent shops and businesses to join the collective, local shopping and business website at no cost, for the first 12 months. traders will have a virtual presence which boosts their shops and services, making it easier for everyone to support their own local High Street from the comfort of their sofas, as well as visiting in person. To sign up just contact Jane Stewart at or call her on 07770 655 302.

Councillor Stephen Hillier, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth explained: "We are really pleased to be able to offer 12 months free to our local businesses who sign up to this innovative platform as part of our support for local Mid Sussex businesses."