The Leader of Merton Council, Councillor Stephen Alambritis, will be spending Small Business Saturday visiting traders across the borough.
Small Business Saturday, on 1 December, is a national campaign which encourages people to shop locally and support small businesses in their communities.
Councillor Alambritis will be visiting Babylon Restaurant in Raynes Park; Rock & Rolla Fish and Grill in Wimbledon Chase; Tariro Fair Trade Coffee House in Morden; the Pop in Café in Mitcham; Istanbul Meze Mangal in Colliers Wood and G Like Gelato in Wimbledon.
Councillor Alambritis said: “I’m looking forward to visiting local businesses across the borough and meeting the people who run them and work there as well as some of their customers.
“Merton is a business-like council and we want to support the local traders and firms which drive our local economy and make our high streets vibrant destinations. I would encourage people living and working in Merton to support their local businesses, particularly at this time of year when they are shopping for Christmas gifts.
“Merton Council is offering Christmas shoppers free parking in its town centre car parks on six dates in December. This is the seventh year running that there will be free parking in council-managed car parks to encourage Christmas shoppers to spend their money with local businesses.”
Notes to editors
Free parking will be offered in all the council’s car parks, except Coombe Lane Car Park in Raynes Park, on four Sundays – 2, 9 16 and 23 December as well as on Saturday 22 December and Monday 24 December.