Shuppy is an online marketplace of independent Irish retailers who all share the same vision of delivering high-quality products, services and experiences. Using unique location-based search functionality, we give consumers the option to select retailers both they and their loved one’s care about from wherever they are in the world. Shuppy makes it easy for people to give meaningful gifts and gives local businesses the chance to be part of the global economy.
The Irish diaspora is believed to encompass over 70 million people and the connection to the motherland transcends generations. We want the Irish abroad (and of course those at home too!) who are looking to swerve the multi-national corporations, to “shop Shuppy” and support local entrepreneurs and communities across the island.
The idea came about when our Founder, Peter O’Connell, spent several months back in his native Limerick during the first lockdown period in April 2020. At the time many local businesses had to unfortunately close their doors, however, quite a few people looked to find new and unique ways to operate. Peter wanted to find a way to also support these initiatives.
Having spent many years in London, Peter had often faced a gift conundrum when missing out on occasions back home in Ireland. Often relying on multi-national corporations or shipping items from the UK, Peter saw the opportunity for an alternative solution - why not create a platform for the Irish abroad to purchase meaningful gifts from Ireland, and at the same time support the Irish economy, and good and honest Irish innovation?
Nowadays people are more aware than ever of what they buy - now they need to think more about where they buy.
Shuppy’s mission is to become the destination of choice for people who want to support local Irish businesses by buying thoughtful, well-considered gifts close to where friends and family live. In the process, we give innovative retailers and other businesses exposure to a global audience.
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Irish people love to chat so we hope they will include Shuppy in their conversations! Whether this is recommending our platform to consumers around the world or bringing our offering to the attention of budding Irish entrepreneurs who will view us as an extension to their business.