Save our High Street - Support Local

Samantha McCarthy, from Worcester BID, said: “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 every person in Worcester spent £10 in an independent businesses it would inject over £5million back into the local economy.

“We made sure all our independent businesses now have online platforms.

"Meaning you can shop locally, from your sofa.

“Independents are the future of the High Street with the ability to adapt and embrace change quickly and effectively as we have seen since the beginning of the pandemic.

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Here for you throughout Lockdown

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 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’

Keep our dreams alive

Mark Rasdall, 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: and customers can look at our brochure online at or email us on 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:
Please support us through these hard times, your custom means the world to us and keeps our dreams alive.”

Support Traders as Lockdown Returns

BUSINESS chiefs have expressed their disappointment at the Government’s proposed new Coronavirus lockdown, due to come into effect this week.

Worcester BID bosses spoke out after Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed a second national lockdown would begin on Thursday (November 5) in a bid to ease the pressure on the NHS.


Everyone Matters

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’.

Delivering Christmas to your door

Tim & Vicky Evans, Owners of Toys and Games of Worcester in Broad Street say:
‘This is a difficult time for small businesses, but this is a difficult time for all of us. Together we can get through this. Stay positive, we’ll be enjoying spring before we know it.
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 9.30am-5.30pm Mon -Sat and 10.30-4.30 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. Collection or delivery. Keep in touch 01905 731099,, or Facebook @ToysGamesWorc’

Michael Lloyd, Crowngate Shopping Centre

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.
With over 64% of businesses being independents in our amazing city we have a great point of difference. Failure to support them 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."

Support your Worcester Independents

Worcester businesses offering takeaway and delivery services during lockdown

INDEPENDENT businesses across Worcester are calling on shoppers and diners to keep supporting them as the second lockdown begins.

From Thursday, the whole country will go into lockdown again for a month, with “non-essential” businesses and restaurants having to close unless they can operate on a takeaway or delivery basis.

However, pubs and restaurants across the city said they would continue to trade, by reverting to the takeaway model they used through the spring and summer.

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