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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Love Local Business: Spend £10 to put £5m into Worcester economy

"IF every person in Worcester spent £10 at an independent business, it would inject over £5million into the local economy" – that's the message as we urge our readers to back the city this Christmas.

We are calling on our readers to show your support for our unique independents by shopping local.

Last week we launched our Love Local Business campaign to encourage people to spend their money locally in the run up to Christmas, to help businesses as they struggle with the impact of coronavirus.

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Love Local Business: Worcester's best independent food and drink venues

As part of our Love Local Business campaign we caught up with the team at Visit Worcester for tips on the best places to dine, relax and explore in the city. Here's what they had to say.

For those enjoying a staycation weekend away in Worcester or simply an easily accessible day trip, a quiet stroll along the banks of the River Severn or a peaceful wander around Worcester Cathedral, some heritage in The Royal Porcelain Works and Museum of Royal Worcester are a must. But Worcester city is not only the home to so much history (and of course the world-famous sauce), it’s now a hotspot for independent bars and restaurants.


Love Local Business: Back Worcester traders this Christmas

Sam McCarthy, projects and marketing manager for the BID, said: "We see real value to this campaign as it is critical that we support our local economy by keeping the spend local this Christmas.

"Worcester is made up of over 60 per cent independent businesses who are the heart and soul of our city. Worcester retailers have made it their priority to adapt and embrace the changes to make visitor safety and the ability to shop independent accessible from the comfort of your homes as well as enjoying a safe trip to the city.

"All we ask is that you support our local businesses and respect their changes when you visit them – please wear your face mask and help us to keep Worcester safe."

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Schools and community groups invited to join elephant parade

SCHOOLS and community groups are being invited to be part of Worcester’s second major public art trail in summer 2021, which will see colourful elephants parade through the city’s streets and open spaces.

Worcester’s Big Parade will bring around 60 decorated elephant sculptures to the city for eight weeks next summer, including approximately 30 calves which will have been created by local children, teachers and community group members.

Did you spot the first elephant sculpture in Worcester?

THE FIRST decorated elephant sculpture, named Sundar, had a whistle-stop tour around Worcester yesterday.

Sundar, visited some of the best known spots in the city including Friar Street, Cathedral Square, Foregate Street and even popped in to see the mayor at the Guildhall.

The tour is a pre courser to what is to come next year. Elephant sculptures will line the streets and open spaces for eight weeks in 2021, creating Worcester’s Big Parade – a Wild in Art event brought to the city by St Richard’s.