Notts Swap Shop has been redirected to become part of the national Swap Shop.
The creators behind the platform have made the decision to bring two of the regional Swap Shops (Nottingham and Leicester) together as part of the recently launched UK-wide version.
What is The Swap Shop?
The free, online platform enables charities and small businesses to swap services and support each other during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
The original idea for the venture came from the much-loved Multi-Coloured Swap Shop children’s TV programme, broadcast between 1976 and 1982, in which children would exchange toys and collectors’ items.
The Swap Shop was created by three local businesses - bid-writing consultancy Ask the Chameleon, triathlon kit specialist HUUB, and creative and design agency think3. The concept was originally born in Derby during the first lockdown and was an instant success. It then went onto be rolled out in both Nottingham (NCVS is a Nottingham champion of the project) and Leicester.
Making the decision to redirect the regional Swap Shops to the UK-wide version
Co-founder Lee Marples, from think3, said, "When we launched the regional versions of Swap Shop, we did so as quickly as we could to make sure that people could stay in touch, develop new relationships and give each other some much-needed support during the pandemic. We were inundated with requests from across the country for other regional versions and the only way we could make it work was to launch a UK site.
"One of the things that we have realised is that running four individual platforms to try and support all of the individual areas is hard work, so we have made the decision to redirect some of the regional Swap Shops to the UK-wide version from Monday 1 February (2021). "
Moving across to the new platform
Any Nottingham organisations who are current members of the Notts Swap Shop should have had an account automatically created for them on the new UK Swap Shop website. Please log in, using your existing details, and make sure that you add any swaps to the national version moving forward.
If you encounter any issues with logging into the UK-wide version of the platform, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for support.