Council encourages people to support small local businesses

Merton Council’s leader, Councillor Stephen Alambritis, will be frying fish, making dainty sandwiches and pulling pints of beer to celebrate Merton’s many small businesses this Small Business Saturday (3 December).

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Council leader Councillor Stephen Alambritis, left, with South London Stationers and Printers manager Gurmit Saini.

For the fourth year in a row, the council will be visiting a variety of Merton’s small businesses to showcase them and encourage people to support the traders on their doorsteps for Small Business Saturday.

In 2014, Merton was awarded “Best All Round Small Business Friendly Borough”, which is testament to the hard work of the local businesses and the support the council offers local businesses through its comprehensive business support programme.

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Cllr Stephen Alambritis and Amal Mohamed at Crown House Creative in Morden

Let us know on social media how you will be supporting local businesses, by using the hashtag #MertonMeansBusiness. Find us on Twitter @Merton_Council and on Facebook as Merton Council.

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Cllr Stephen Alambritis and Atlanta Crawford at Crown House Creative 

Cllr Alambritis said: “It is very important to support local businesses and we pride ourselves on doing so. We are a business-friendly borough and want to continue to make Merton a great place to live, work and do business. I am looking forward to serving the public on Small Business Saturday and showcasing some of our fantastic local businesses.”

For Small Business Saturday, council leader Councillor Stephen Alambritis will be visiting:

The Hair Room, 37 High Street, Colliers Wood, SW19 2JE / 020 8540 4664

Coffee in the Wood, 99 to 101 High Street, Colliers Wood, SW19 2JF / 020 3490 4510

Adams Fish Bar, 31 Kingston Road, Wimbledon, SW19 1JX / 020 8540 7688

Willow Bough Tea Rooms, 11 Merton Park Parade, Wimbledon, SW19 3NT / 020 8540 8080

Waffle Jacks 8 Merton Park Parade,Wimbledon, SW19 3NT / 020 3659 1361

Commonside Trust, South Lodge Avenue, Pollards Hill, Mitcham, CR4 1LT / 020 8764 9582

Tag Aleez café, Upper Green East, Mitcham, CR4 2PF

Café La Lavella, 63 London Road, Morden SM4 5HT / 020 8687 0070

The Nelson Arms pub, 15 Merton High Street, SW19 1DF / 020 3132 4590

South London Printers, 5 Crown Parade, Crown Lane, Morden SM4 5DA / 020 8540 8976

Crown House Creative, 102 London Road, Morden, SM4 5AY / 07527 534 072

Merton Council is providing free parking every weekend up until Christmas Day to encourage people to support their local businesses. Free parking is available all council-managed car parks on the following weekends: November 26 27, December 3, 4, 10,11, 17,18, and Christmas eve and Christmas Day.

Notes to editors

Small Business Saturday UK is a campaign which highlights small business success and encourages people to shop locally and support small businesses in their communities.

The day itself takes place on the first Saturday in December each year, which is Saturday 3 December this year.

For more information about Small Business Saturday, visit the website https://smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com

Find out more: www.merton.gov.uk/small-business-saturday