Small Business Saturday: Council Leader to serve public and encourage support for local businesses

Merton Council’s Leader, Councillor Stephen Alambritis is to visit a number of small businesses which are new to Merton this Small Business Saturday (2 December) to shine a light on the importance of small businesses, providing jobs and variety on the high street.

Canedo Cafe is one of the businesses to benefit from the transformation of this parade of shops on High Street, Colliers Wood.

For the fifth year in a row, the Leader is calling on people to support their local businesses. 

On Saturday, Cllr Alambritis will be selling stamps at Londis Post Office in Morden to people eagerly wanting to send their Christmas cards, helping serve coffee at Canedo Cafe in Colliers Wood, adding some spice to Ghanaian dishes at Afia’s Cuisine in Mitcham and serving up Turkish delights at Earth to Table in Raynes Park. He will also serve customers at the new Friarwood wine shop and visit The Soundlounge in Wimbledon Broadway.

Cllr Alambritis said: “I am passionate about business. Here in Merton, we’re a business-friendly borough and know the vital role they play in creating a solid local economy and enriching the community. I am looking forward to my day visiting a few of Merton’s wonderful small businesses. Merton is a great place to live, work and do business and it is very important to take pride in our local businesses and support them.”

Merton Council is providing free parking every weekend up until Christmas Day to encourage people to support their local businesses. Free parking is available at all council-managed car parks* on the following weekends: December 2, 3, 9, 10,16, 17, 23, Christmas eve and Christmas Day.

*Not available at Coombe Lane Car Park, Raynes Park

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 was Saturday 2 December this year.

For more information about Small Business Saturday, visit the website

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