New app to help residents continue supporting local businesses

Dscvr App Phone Images

A new app that aims to encourage people to continue supporting local businesses and show off the highlights of the area to potential visitors is to be launched in September in northern Devon - and businesses will soon be contacted about being part of it.

The Dscvr (pronounced 'discover') app is to be launched by both North Devon and Torridge councils, seizing on the enthusiasm shown by residents to support local businesses during the pandemic. The app showcases businesses, events and promotions in the area and is being rolled out in towns across the region for both locals and visitors.

Both councils are asking local businesses to be aware they should expect to be contacted by the Dscvr team in the coming weeks with regards to featuring on the app for free. If in any doubt that the contact is genuine, they can speak to their local council or have a look at council websites to check.

The app will help businesses to promote their offer, and is expected to drive more footfall into the area. It will enable locals and visitors to make the most of everything the region has to offer, from town centres to walking trails, beaches to events. 

Lead Member for Economic Regeneration at Torridge District Council, Councillor Bob Hicks said:

"The Dscvr app will be another great platform through which businesses can promote themselves and at the same time help residents and tourists find places of interest, things to do, places to eat, more easily. Many of us carry our lives around on our phones these days, well now you can carry an area directory around with you as well, with search options and guides all at the touch of a button. Making the app free to register with is the icing on the cake and businesses should make sure they don't miss out by having a closer look when contacted."

The Dscvr app will have the following features:

  • Local businesses can have their own page on the app to promote their business and highlight special offers, free of charge
  • It helps people find places to eat and things to do
  • Each town has its own area on the app meaning it can be tailored to each individual town in North Devon and Torridge
  • It can identify people's location so when they open the app, it will know where they are and will point them to the relevant town's content but they will still be able to browse the other towns
  • Local events and cultural and leisure facilities are highlighted and promoted for free
  • It allows people to tailor their feed to what they want to hear about
  • It will carry Covid safety messaging until it's no longer needed
  • It can send out push notifications if there's a message that needs to be got out quickly like a major road closure for example

The councils want businesses to be aware that they should be expecting We know businesses are sometimes suspicious when they're cold contacted, so we want to get the message out there that they should expect to hear from the team behind the app very soon. 

12 August 2021