STROUD residents are challenged to visit a new, independent business for UK Independents Day this weekend.

“Our local high streets have an abundance of independent businesses, but sometimes we don’t think to look inside and properly see what they sell,” said Tony Davey, Chair of the Stroud & District Chamber of Trade & Commerce.  

“This weekend, for UK Independents Day, we are challenging everyone to pop into an independent business that otherwise they may have just passed by. 

“There’s no commitment to buy, but if you do then it can make a positive difference to the business and our wider local economy. 

"When you spend money locally you’re investing in your local economy and your local community.”

The Bee Stroud initiative also continues this weekend in Stroud, Nailsworth, Stonehouse and Dursley, and will run until July 10.

“Bee Stroud has enabled us to bring fun and education for everyone through the trails and competitions, plus our prize draw for the Bee Stroud Bee Local Card users who stamp all seven honeycombs,” said Tony. 


Visitors can take part in a Bee Stroud Trail; there are Bee Bargains; there's a Bee Stroud Bee Local Card, plus there are special activities for children, including colouring competitions, mazes and craft activities.


Vibrant shop window designs on a bee theme have been created by traders in Stroud, Nailsworth, Stonehouse and Dursley, all of which can be enjoyed until Saturday, July 10.


For those taking part on the Bee Stroud Trail, the challenge is to find all the bees within the town to spell out a word or phrase and, on their way, they will find informative facts about bees and their habitat.


There are 77 unique bee facts in total, with 51 businesses participating in Stroud, 13 in Nailsworth, seven in Stonehouse and six in Dursley.


To reward the seekers there will be a prize draw, with prizes supplied by local company Apples to Pears Ltd of Brimscombe Port.


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