Bedfordview Safety Forum (BSF) has initiated the High Five Business Boost, which aims to help Bedfordview businesses get exposure for their products and services through various marketing and boost programmes. The initiative will be facilitated through Basically Bedfordview’s social media pages and other portals.
Why did they start this?
Initiated during the lockdown, the BSF Commerce focuses on minimising the economic impact on local businesses and find ways for local business and business people to work together to mitigate the effects of lockdown and restrictions in place, which affected income generation for local businesses. They identified that online business was going to be the new normal as most people were operating from home and their objective was and still is to aid businesses’ trade by connecting suppliers and consumers.
Through the efforts of BSF community volunteers, an Economic Growth Strategy was born, enabling this connection including but not limited to restaurants, electronics, PPE, clothing, education, automotive, agriculture, beauty, and basically anything needed for health, home, entertainment or office environment.
Suppliers can list their offerings and through this initiative, the goods and services will be marketed throughout South Africa. ‘We are fortunate that we have philanthropic volunteers who fund the advertising and boosting of local businesses on a weekly basis at no cost to the businesses who participate in the initiative,’ said the BSF.
High Five Business Boost Initiatives:
1. An Online Shopping Centre where anyone can list their product or service for free. The primary website is BedfordviewOnline.co.za. This feature is like Gumtree for businesses in Bedfordview. Search by category, run your own online store, analyse enquiries and sales all on one platform.
2. Basically BedfordviewOnline Facebook page where any seller or buyer can post. It is linked to the Basically Bedfordview Group, which has an audience of over 17,000 followers and members. The Page has over 90,000 engagements per month on average.
3. Basically Bedfordview on Instagram where you can follow the Instagram account for access to items for sale. To be featured send a WhatsApp from the Facebook page or to +27 (0) 83 733 2933.
4. Bedfordview Online WhatsApp and Telegram groups where you can market your products for sale or select items to buy. To join, please follow the links below:
5. Bedfordview Safety Forum Commerce Directory, where you can list your business in a yellow page’s directory for Bedfordview, and search for suppliers for your needs.
‘The Bedfordview community has always been a thriving, interactive and business-savvy group. Many ‘captains of industry’ reside in Bedfordview. It is essential that our business community is afforded every opportunity to recover and grow the economy after this shocking extended Lockdown,’ said Jill Humphreys, DA Councillor.