Worcester’s independent businesses are urging the local community to continue to support them during the second lockdown.
City independent retailers form 64% of all Worcester businesses and rely heavily on local footfall. They are having to rapidly adapt for the next lockdown in line with the latest government guidelines announced by prime minister Boris Johnson on Saturday.
Tim Evans, owner of Toys and Games Worcester in Broad Street says: “This is a difficult time for small businesses, but it’s is a difficult time for all of us. We’ll try and get through this new lockdown, keeping things as normal as possible. Whilst the shop remains closed we will be operating mail order, local deliveries and more importantly collections from the shop. We’ll be available full hours -Sat and Sundays. If you need anything drop us a message, give us a call or visit our website. We’re happy to talk you through what we have and give you bespoke videos or pictures to suit your requirements.”
Lisa and Paula Farrington, Owners of Embrace Boutique in Reindeer Court say: ‘Embrace will be here throughout lockdown to cater for all your lingerie needs. We have everything from soft bralettes for comfortable home working, to luxury sets that are sure to boost your mood and make you feel amazing! Please have a look at our website www.embraceluxurylingerie.co.uk and, as a thank you for shopping with us, all orders placed will attract FREE standard delivery. If you need any help or advice we remain at your service via email on email@example.com.’
Aasia Baig, Owner of The Centenary Lounge in The Cross says: ‘As a small business owner with limited resources we have gone beyond what was expected of us to keep our teams and customers safe and comfortable but once again we have been closed down with very little support for the business and the owners. We are grateful for the furlough for our staff however. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, for us we thrive in communities and actually care about our teams and customers. Please bear us in mind whether you are looking to pick up a takeaway, order a home delivery or are looking for ideas for gifts. Many of the independents can be found online or at the other end of the phone. We need you more than ever and will always remember your support as our customers are not just a number for us – everyone matters’.
Mark Rasdell, owner Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe says: “Without November (and probably at least some of December) income we will really struggle to survive the dark days of January and February – especially if we endure further natural disasters such as the floods of 2020. If we are allowed to, we’ll be doing doorstep sales from outside the sweet shop (details will be updated on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/MrSimmsWorcester) and customers can look at our brochure online at www.mrsimmsworcester.co.uk/overview or email us on mrsimmsworcester.co.uk at any time. We also have our new online brand – The Sweet Lorry – with a range of beautiful themed hampers that make lovely Christmas presents: www.thesweetlorry.co.uk Please support us through these hard times your custom means the world to us and keeps our dreams alive.”
Hannah Webb, Manager of Bottles Wine Bar and Merchants in New Street tells us how they have adapted in readiness for Thursday: “Bottles are creating the perfect gifts for your loved ones this year in the form of Bespoke Christmas Hampers.
Our hampers are completely unique and made to order to suit a large variety of budgets, from simple one bottle holders to bigger food and drink packages. As well as beers, spirits and wine we can include specialist cheeses, chutneys, glassware, and much more! These hampers are lovingly created by hand taking into account your loved ones tastes and preferences making it extra special and unique. We can provide free local delivery for orders over £50 as well as collections from our beautiful bar located on New Street in Worcester’s City Centre (where you can also browse our Wine Shop.)
We have been in the wine business for over 100 years and are still going strong as one of Worcester’s independents.
You can find our hampers online at www.bottleswineshop.co.uk/wine-packs-gifts-hampers you can also call for more information on 01905 747 919 or email firstname.lastname@example.org”
Ian Beswick, owner of Avant Garde whose locally family owned city centre hair salon in St Martin’s Quarter says: “We would like to take this time to thank our incredible team who collectively have serviced over 7500 clients since we re-opened on 4 July with zero cases. We have found 2020 extremely hard, but as always we will come back stronger. We have launched a brand new website with online shop selling all our professional products and Christmas gift sets – so if you want to help a small business and keep your hair feeling beautiful during lockdown, head over to www.agsalons.com. If you use discount code shop25 we will even give you 25% off. Please keep an eye on our social media accounts for up to date information on when we reopen and anything new.”
Michael Lloyd Centre manager at Crowngate shopping centre and Worcester BID board director says: “With the pandemic causing so much uncertainty and forcing lockdowns, we businesses in Worcester need our great residents to continue to support us now more than ever. Failure to support independents now could result in them being lost forever. The big online companies have taken enough away from us already, Shop local and ensure Worcester High Street has a place in the future.”
Samantha McCarthy from Worcester Business Improvement District adds: “Our independent businesses are showing their steely determination to succeed by implementing innovative ways for us to shop, eat and drink. Our
High Street needs these businesses – please shop independently to support them through this. If you are Worcestershire based sign up the Visit Worcester newsletter for updates on local businesses, their offers and how you can still shop local and support them.”