It is almost an understatement to say that this has been a tough year for businesses in the UK. The biggest pandemic in living history, Lockdowns and shutdowns, lack of trade, flooding and rising costs have all made it a very hard environment for businesses to continue to be sustainable, however, you can and do make a difference. Let’s support what we have and whats on offer before jumping online for a home delivery or to an out of town retail park. Monmouthshire County Council and Caldicot Town Team will be doing all we can to promote our incredibly resilient and committed independent business that create the back bone for a successful town to work, live and play.
Monmouthshire County Council, along with business leaders throughout the county have pledged to do all they can to support and help our towns and villages in the run up to the festive period. Sure, some things will be different this year, but wouldn’t it be great to take a step backwards, slow down, shop local, speak to neighbours, spend technology free time with family (in bubbles of course!) and help our communities thrive at this festive time of year.
Monmouthshire’s towns and villages are to get a festive makeover as a new campaign launches aimed at supporting businesses in the lead up to Christmas.
Monmouthshire County Council’s ‘Shop Local, Shop Monmouthshire’ Christmas campaign aims to bring some festive cheer to our high streets while promoting the county’s unique businesses, their products and services.
Deputy Leader of Monmouthshire County Council, Councillor Bob Greenland said:
Businesses have been hit hard by the financial impact of the pandemic this year and I want to ask everyone to remember to Shop Local and help keep our high streets thriving.
“We can all help. From ordering our Christmas turkey at a local butcher’s or farm shop, to picking up fresh vegetables from an independent greengrocer or market trader, everything needed for a fantastic Christmas can be bought right here in Monmouthshire. And when it comes to gifts, I know that each of our towns and villages offer a great deal of inspiration and choices. So I would ask everyone to join in and get behind local businesses when they need us most.
Caldicot Town Team have ordered signage for all independent businesses in Caldicot, and will be distributing them once they are printed to shops to display in window and door fronts.
During the month of December, Caldicot Town Team will be run its annual festive Christmas Market on two Saturdays, Saturday 5th December and Saturday 19th December. Our largest market of the year will take place with co-vid regulations such as hand sanitiser, improved signage and socially distanced stalls. The team will also be running a ‘Christmas Treasure Hunt’ during the markets, to further promote local businesses and to give them the chance to showcase some of the fabulous products on offer. The link to the event page on Facebook is here
Caldicot Goes Pop! (The pop up shop run by Caldicot Town Team) will also be up and running from the middle of November until Christmas Eve, with new retailers taking space to sell products perfect for someone special this Christmas. The team have also created a large number of festive, handmade items, which will be sold in the pop up shop throughout November and December to help raise money for the work carried out throughout the year.
An online market is currently up and running on Facebook, with local traders and businesses to promote products, most of the traders in the Online Market will be in attendance at the markets in December, so a perfect chance to pre-order the items you would like to buy. You can follow the link to the facebook page here
Local schools are also getting into the festive spirit and will be decorating some of the empty shop fronts in the town centre, not just to brighten up the town, but also to bring in more footfall, which will enable shop keepers to promote their business and products.
Free parking is already available throughout Caldicot (check local time limit restrictions) and with a flat, accessible pedestrianised town centre, small coffee shops and friendly business owners, it is a great place to come and spend some time browsing and shopping.
Caldicot Town Team, Monmouthshire County Council and all the Independent Businesses look forward to welcoming you to Caldicot!