A NEW shopping app promising same-day delivery from more than 50 Furness retailers has launched.

The team behind Barrow Eats has unveiled its new long-anticipated venture: Barrow Shops.

Barrow Shops hopes to provide a new way for shops in the town to advertise to the community and offer a convenient way to complete deliveries.

And more than 50 retailers have already signed up for the app, ranging from convenience stores, butchers, florists, off-licence, pet stores and more, including the likes of: Charnleys, Heaths Toymaster, The Little Flower Company, NC Meats, Southwards Farm Shop and much more.

The app has been nearly two years in the making with co-founder Scott Beckman leading the efforts to bring the idea to life.

He said: “We saw a gap in the market for this. We can see nothing on the market like this locally. It gives shops an opportunity to advertise themselves on a space they don’t currently have.

“There’s the argument that the app will reduce footfall in the town, but this will allow the shops in town to compete with the online retailers; it’s going to give them fair opportunity.

“If anything, I really think it’ll help increase trade. People can get same-day orders from local businesses. For example, if you want to order a toy you can place an order for somewhere like Heaths Toymaster and get the item delivered that same day, which online retailers like Amazon can’t do. All of the shops are offering same day delivery.

“The app has been really well received among shop-owners.”

And grocery stores are also signed up to the app, with some traders offering delivery within the hour to local customers.

Mr Beckman said: “Businesses are struggling and this is a way for people to help them compete in the online space without having to close their doors. People can also order it for collection from the shops if they still want to visit their favourite stores.”

The app officially launched on Friday (February 17) and is now available to download.