Burntisland traders sign up for summer Fiver Fest

Burntisland traders have been signing up for what could be the biggest Fiver Fest yet this summer, with more businesses than ever offering special deals.

Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 4:30 pm

The event, which is run by traders’ group Totally Locally, will take place between June 12 and 26, with shops in the town offering deals on goods and services for just £5.

It follows a successful event in October, which saw even more shoppers arrive in town to take advantage of the special offers.

This summer’s event is set to be bigger than ever with nearly 50 businesses already signed up to take part.

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Representatives from various Burntisland businesses taking part in the June Fiver Fest including The Roasting Project, Grain & Sustain, Totally Hardware, The Fix Fife, C Sinclair Fish Merchant and Novelli's with Yvonne Shivas from Totally Locally Burntisland. Pic: Fife Photo Agency

This includes a number of new outlets which started trading during the second lockdown despite restrictions.

These include: Cèic Bottled which offers pre-made bakery mixes in bottles using sustainable packaging and ingredients and RECLAIM Organisation and Decluttering which offers a range of services to organise people’s homes as well as upcycling furniture.

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Totally Locally Burntisland organiser Yvonne Shivas said the vast majority of independent businesses in the High Street will be joining in the June event.

She said: “Since the last event we have a few new businesses which have opened in Burntisland including a new cafe, Burger Island, which is opening at the far end of the High Street. It looks amazing.

"We have 48 businesses so far taking part in this Fiver Fest and I am hoping we will be able to have 50 businesses signed up by June, which would be fantastic.

"There is also a mixture of people who work from home who offer online services so it isn’t just the shops on the High Street. People maybe don’t realise what is going on and what Burntisland has to offer but Fiver Fest is a great way of finding out what is happening in the town."

Yvonne said the artists at the old station building are also hoping to have open studios including new business, We Are Amused studio and gallery. She said there are also plans to do something with Burntisland Primary pupils to get them along to the High Street so they can see what is going on too.

“Fiver Fest has been going for several years but for the past two or three years, the local businesses have really engaged and everyone started pulling together. As they have become successful, we have just been building on that momentum. During the last Fiver Fest one business said it was the busiest they had been outside of Christmas, which is amazing.

"The businesses who do take part enjoy it and they realise that by helping each other out rather than competing, it is then for everyone’s benefit. The last Five Fest was really successful even with the restrictions and queues outside shops, it was managed really really well.”

Yvonne added: “There is going to be such a buzz for this Fiver Fest because non-essential shops are now open, people will be able to mingle outside and hopefully the weather will be nice with it being in the summer. Fiver Fest is a way to encourage people into the town, not only to pick up a bargain but to also explore the shops or business that they may not have been in before.”

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