In case you are nonetheless trying to fill these Christmas stockings and need to make a distinction, then please ‘store native’ this Christmas and help Medway’s companies.
This Saturday, 2 December, is Small Enterprise Saturday, a nationwide marketing campaign to spotlight the significance of the grassroots economic system, and the run as much as Christmas is the perfect time to assist our unbiased outlets, bars, eating places, and different enterprise ventures.
With Medway dwelling to extra 14,000 companies, there’s sufficient right here to assist tick off virtually any Christmas procuring listing – and as greater than 90 per cent are small companies it means you can provide straight again into the Medway economic system.
Medway’s city centres are filled with unbiased, bespoke outlets, which means it is possible for you to to discover a wealth of distinctive items for family members, from fancy stocking fillers to that additional particular, one-off current.
Buying in your doorstep additionally means you’ll be each serving to the setting and slicing down on journey prices, and people prices might be even much less in the event you reap the benefits of free bus journey or parking.
We have now secured authorities funding to offer free bus journey in and round Medway on Saturday, 9 and Sunday, 10 December (as much as 8pm), which incorporates single journeys on any Medway bus operator.
The next weekend we’re providing two free days of parking throughout all council-owned automotive parks: on Saturday, 16 and Sunday, 17 December – one other initiative to help the Medway economic system and inhabitants.
Please store native
Cllr Lauren Edwards, Portfolio Holder for Financial and Social Regeneration and Inward Funding at Medway Council, stated: “There are improbable small companies throughout Medway and by supporting them you’re serving to carry a reimbursement into Medway’s economic system and in the end make it a greater place for everybody. Please store native the place you may this Christmas and make it an additional particular festive season in Medway.
“These are difficult occasions for everybody, however whereas the council is going through its personal monetary challenges we’re nonetheless doing all we will to help residents and companies. I’m happy we’re waiving parking charges over one weekend within the run-up to Christmas, and hope folks will take benefit to move into city, top off on presents, and revel in a festive time out.”
Store and make merry
Simona Marr, Regional Improvement Supervisor at Federation of Small Companies stated: “Our excessive streets from Rochester to Rainham could be a lot duller locations with out the glint added by native, unbiased corporations. For consumers on the lookout for nice worth, private service, and distinctive objects all 12 months spherical, unbiased outlets on excessive streets can supply all of it.
“With the festive season very a lot entering into full swing, benefit from it by heading to your native excessive road, to buy and make merry – serving to native corporations within the course of.”
Together with the standard unbiased outlets, Rochester can be internet hosting its greatest ever Christmas market, which launched on Saturday, 25 November within the historic grounds of Rochester Fort, and can run over three weekends.
The grounds are additionally dwelling to the Kids’s Christmas Village, whereas this weekend will see the excessive road reworked for the Dickensian Christmas Pageant, on Saturday, 2 and Sunday, 3 December, so a procuring journey to Rochester can be a assured enjoyable time out for all of the household.