Support local traders on Small Business Saturday
Residents are being urged to explore what the district’s independent traders have to offer as part of Small Business Saturday.
The annual event takes place this year on Saturday, 5 December and is a national scheme designed to encourage people to use and support small businesses.
Malvern Hills District Council is supporting the event by offering free parking all day in its short and long stay car parks throughout the district, as well as on every Friday and Saturday in the run up to Christmas from 27 November.
Cllr Rebecca Massey, portfolio holder for economic development on Malvern Hills District Council, said: “Independent traders are the lifeblood of our towns, giving them their distinct character. There’s a range of reasons to shop local. For a start it boosts the local economy, with research suggesting 63p of every pound spent with a small business stays within the locality compared to 40p with larger stores.
“They also sell a range of items you cannot get anywhere else and are very knowledgeable about their products. I would urge all our residents to head into out towns on Small Business Saturday and discover what’s on offer.”
There are a number of Christmas events also being held on the day including the annual Christmas Extravaganza in Barnards Green, organised by local traders. This year the event, which runs from 10am to 1pm, will feature the Dave the Wonder Dog puppet show, Father Christmas in his grotto, a circus skills workshop and more.
Tenbury Wells is also holding its annual Mistletoe Festival with markets, events and entertainment throughout the day.
Visit www.malvernhills.gov.uk/small-business-saturday for more information on Small Business Saturday.
Information on local Christmas events can be found at www.visitthemalverns.org