Shop local, shop indie

With Small Business Saturday taking place at the beginning of December, Ross-on-Wye is perfectly placed to support and celebrate its independent retailers. This month sees the launch of the new Ross-on-Wye Independents’ Guide which you can view by clicking here, showcasing the wonderful selection and range of retailers available in the heart of town.

Now in its tenth year in the UK, the Small Business Saturday campaign – taking place this year on Saturday 3 December – has grown significantly year on year encouraging millions to shop small. UK consumers will be encouraged to support this grassroots, non-commercial campaign by ‘shopping local’ and supporting small businesses in their communities.

Included in the Ross-on-Wye Guide is a wide range of businesses including boutiques, food & drink retailers plus local services including laundry, photography, real estate and hospitality.

Sue Williams, Chair of the Ross Business Association commented: “Our independents are the heartbeat of Ross-on-Wye and they make up a large percentage of the overall retailers in the centre of town. They are hugely important to Ross-on-Wye’s economy and tourism offering – they attract visitors who are looking for a unique shopping experience and offer something different from the standard range of gifts and products supplied by the chains. Fortunately, we have very strong support network, from both the Ross Tourism Association and the Ross-on-Wye Town Council, and we all work together to ensure we profile this unique aspect of our beautiful market town. This is particularly important as we try and overcome the impact of the pandemic and we hope to remain resilient in the face of the pretty unsettling economic forecasts for the coming year.

Nearly 40 independent retailers and businesses feature in the new Ross-on-Wye Independents’ Guide including around a dozen clothing and gifts retailers (at broad st, Crossfield Creations, Crowsfeet, Lainey’s, Lalena Jewellery, Little Chic, Little Saplings, Lizzie Bunting, Silver Store, Suzy’c, Toy Box), eight food and beverage outlets (Avellino, Field Fayre, Hank’s Meat & Game, Ross Wines, Seven Seas Fish Bar & Restaurant, The Priory Coffee House, Truffles Delicatessen, Tudor Sweets) a range of creative studios and galleries (Art Studio Ross, Caz Holbrook Photography, Gallery 54, Livinloom, Made in Ross, Yat Pottery), vintage retailers (space / inside, Vintage Virtu) plus specialist services and suppliers including Andy Pack Car Care, Bright & Beautiful, Essential Sewing Services, Fishers, Flying Colours, Kodak Express, Morris Bricknell, Saymor Furnishers, The Old Court House.