A NEW online marketplace has provided a lifeline for independent businesses in Ulverston.

The award-winning app LoyalFree has been working alongside the Ulverston Business Improvement District (BID), Choose Ulverston to help support independent businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The LoyalFree app was launched by Choose Ulverston in 2018 to help high street businesses increase sales and reward customers. App users can also enjoy local tours and interactive trails, enter exciting competitions and explore local events.