Staff will be going to town this weekend in a bid to mark Small Business Saturday.
We’ve asked employees to think local and support independent businesses on their doorstep. Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said: “We regularly buy our fruit and veg from the market stalls and patronise the town’s shops with a wide and varied shopping list throughout the year ranging from keys for the tiger dens to suncream for the tapirs, from spectacles to stationery and we still bank in town and use the Post Office daily. “It’s a tremendous resource and this weekend we’re asking every member of staff to ensure they purchase something from those small businesses which are, quite literally on the zoo’s doorstep.” She added: “Small Business Saturday was set up in the States several years ago and has grown year on year. I heard founder, Susan Sobbott, speak at the annual Institute of Directors convention a couple of months ago, in London, and she was truly inspirational about the campaign and its effects on the local economy.
“As an integral part of the town’s community since 1937 we feel it’s important to support local traders and it’s something we’re proud to have been doing for the past 77 years.”
Purchases included a shirt for CEO Peter Suddock from men’s outfitters, Roger Scott . . . a key for Assistant Curator Richard Brown for the maintenance shed from John the Cobbler in the Fountain Arcade . . . a couple of festive wreaths for the Press Office for Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman from Stacey Holland in Harpers Florists, also in the Arcade . . . and a rather handsome Santa for Senior Primate Keeper Stacey Ball’s small daughter, from Laura Elizabeth Crafts, opposite Stone Square. Chris Boswell, proprietor of the craft shop pictured above with Stacey said: “Small Business Saturday is a great idea to get people to support the independent companies within the town. We’ve been trading in Stone Street for the past eight years and have just signed a five year lease on our current premises; little businesses have a lot to offer.” DMBC have co-organised a Small Business Saturday Market in Stone Square, at the heart of Dudley tomorrow (Dec 6) from 10am to 4pm.