New Forest District Council is offering free car parking on Saturday 7 December to support local businesses.
Shoppers will be able to park for free in all council-run car parks to mark the UK’s first ‘Small Business Saturday’ – a national campaign aimed at encouraging people to shop local and support independent shops.
Leader of New Forest District Council, Councillor Barry Rickman, said: “We are pleased to show our support for local businesses by waiving our parking charges and I hope everyone will take the opportunity to shop locally in the run up to Christmas and support local businesses.”
The 2014 Brand New Forest card will also be launched in Burley on 7 December. The card scheme, now in its fourth year, is designed to stimulate local business activity by providing cardholders with special offers and discounts throughout the New Forest. The cost of a card is £5. For more information visit brandnewforest.com
The New Forest Business Partnership will be working alongside Brand New Forest to promote local businesses in the lead up to Christmas.
Cllr Rickman added: “Small businesses count for a significant part of our local economy. Small Business Saturday gives us a great opportunity to celebrate the role small businesses play and our own commitment to helping them to promote themselves to our residents and visitors. There are over 6000 small businesses in the New Forest and we are very pleased to help raise their profile on this important day.”
For more information on Small Business Saturday visit brandnewforest.com/sbs13
The free car parking offer only applies to car parks that are managed by New Forest District Council.