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Ruth Edwards MP joins with local councillors to mark Small Business Saturday at the Christmas Market in Ruddington

Ruth Edwards MP joins with local councillors to mark Small Business Saturday at the Christmas Market in Ruddington. 


Ruth Edwards today joined Nottinghamshire County Councillors for Leake and Ruddington, Matt Barney and Reg Adair, Cllr John Cottee who holds the communities portfolio at Nottinghamshire County Council, and Rushcliffe Borough Councillor Gary Dickman for the resumption of the annual Christmas Market in Ruddington.


Ruddington Village Centre Partnership (RVCP), who took over the responsibility for organising the Christmas Fayre from the Parish Council last year, confirmed that the market would be going ahead this year, with a host of Christmas stalls spread across two outdoor venues.


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RVCP recently received a £5000 grant from the Nottinghamshire County Council’s £1 million COVID Community Fund, a fund set up to continue to support community groups.


Ruth went to see how this money was helping to support local business in Ruddington at the Fayre and saw how important funds like these are in bringing communities together


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Ruth Edwards MP said

“It has been great to be at Ruddington Christmas market today, especially as it is Small Business Saturday. It was fantastic to see the community in Ruddington getting out to support their local producers.

“I’ve left today with wine from Hanwell Wines in Hickling Pastures, tea from Snail & Rabbit in Lady Bay and sausages from Elms Farm Costock.

“Local independent businesses are the backbone of our local communities and integral to our recovery from the pandemic. As the Government continues to support our local businesses, I will continue to champion them in Rushcliffe and in Parliament”

“The last 18 months have been a hugely difficult time for businesses across our country, particularly small businesses.

“This is why the Government has provided ​​£407 billion of economic support throughout the pandemic. It has also pledged to continue Small Business Rates Relief, with over 700,000 eligible businesses – benefitting from a tax cut worth £7 billion. Furthermore, the Government has introduced tax cuts and reforms which will see business rates cut by at least 50% for eligible businesses.”


Councillors Reg Adair and Matt Barney said:


“We’ve had a brilliant afternoon, enjoying the very best of local food, drink and produce at the fabulous Ruddington Christmas Market. We are delighted that Nottinghamshire County Council has supported the market with funding for gazebos for new stall holders and we will continue to work to support new businesses in our community”



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