Worcester City Council is proud to be supporting Small Business Saturday this weekend.
We’re committed to supporting independent traders in the city, offering business start-up grants of up to £1,000 and growth grants of up to £3,000. We also offer grants of up to £1,000 for employers recruiting apprentices and graduates.
To highlight the great range of small businesses working across our great city, the Mayor has been dropping in on shops and firms in The Tything area, assisted by Mike Doyle the CEO of TabCH – the local Community Hub. He’s keen to show that it’s not just the High Street where you can find great deals and fantastic customer services.
The Mayor, Councillor Steve Mackay, said: “Every one of these small businesses is completely dedicated and attentive to customer care. They know that delivering a great service helps them spread the word about the fabulous offers they have.”
Gemma Galloway started making bespoke, handmade soft furnishings, curtains and upholstery at home in 2013. With her business growing she’s now opened a showroom above Premier Carpet Flooring.
Gemma said: “People seem to like the fact that all of my work is bespoke. They appreciate that items are handmade and they seem to like coming in and seeing me work at my sewing table. The support has been great since opening on the Tything and I am inundated with orders.”
Henley McKay Kitchens is a Which Trusted Trader and can offer everything you need for a new kitchen. They not only do retail, design and installation, they work alongside construction trades to arrange plumbing, painting and even building work.
Co-Director Keith McKay said: “We’re an independent and that means we can offer a lot more flexibility than the big ‘sheds’. We offer great customer service and a lot of people who come to us stick with us for every aspect of getting a new kitchen.”
Jazmin Jan’s fashion boutique is the only place in Worcester to offer a range of beautiful Indian fabrics, jewellery and sarees. She also stocks scarfs, Italian handbags and much more.
Jazmin says: “I’m unique. There are not many fabric shops in Worcester, and I get a lot of feedback from customers saying they haven’t seen the fabrics I stock anywhere else. I can also offer alterations and tailoring.”
Music City has been supporting the city’s musicians for 30 years, selling guitars, bass, drums, ukulele and percussion, plus amplifiers, PAs and other accessories. A repair service is available for all stocked products.
Stephen Ricketts, who took over the business earlier this year, says: “We try to give a service, not just get a sale. We’re friendly, passionate about music and we’ll do as much as can to help with anything.”
Most carpet businesses are hidden away on industrial estates, but David Mudd’s showroom is a magnet for passing trade, both domestic and commercial.
Company Director David Mudd said: “We work very closely with our customers, often spending hours with them to help them make the right choice, and they appreciated that. We’re always upfront about all our costs and people like that we employ our own fitters.”
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