Local idea that grew into a national scheme

Totally Locally at Dean Clough, from the left, Chris Sands, Pete Green, Jane Johnston and Nigel Goddard
Totally Locally at Dean Clough, from the left, Chris Sands, Pete Green, Jane Johnston and Nigel Goddard

The Totally Locally bandwagon takes amajor step forward next week when it opens at Dean Clough, Halifax.

The new cafe and convenience store at F Mill by the Travelodge at Gate 9 car park will sell produce sourced from within 30 miles.

Brands include the Little Valley Brewery, Ben Shaw’s and Seabrook Crisps.

The store will be run as a co-operative and staffed by 10 full and part-time workers.

Director Jane Johnston said the business aimed to build on the Totally Locally idea.

“I’m excited about the opening and the local businesses we can support,” she said.

“If there are businesses out there not talking to us about food produce we would love to hear from them and get them on board.

“We want to promote our hidden gems.”

The Totally Local team believe they can offer a nicer alternative to supermarkets and will be giving shoppers advice on suppliers including where else the products are sold.

“It’s about making it simple to keep your cash local, so the local economy benefits and our towns thrive,” said Jane.

The cafe and store will open all day - for toast in the morning to takeaways in the evening.

On Monday a “Pound Party” is being held to celebrate the opening - £1 for a coffee and bun (while stocks last) from noon to 8 pm.

Success of the first Totally Locally cafe and convenience store with its message to promote, rather than compete with all the local independent retailers and producers, could lead to similar stores in towns across the country which continue to follow the innovative ideas being promoted in Calderdale.