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Rutland shopping village offers small businesses a lifeline

The Rutland Garden Village is opening its site up, for the next two months, to local independent businesses who have been affected by the recent pandemic restrictions.

A shopping village near Oakham is spending the next two months giving a helping hand to small businesses that would normally be seen at Rutland’s fairs, fetes and festivals, but haven’t been able to due to recent Covid restrictions.

The Rutland Garden Village Small Business Summer has signed up a variety of independent local businesses and artisans, each for a few days. The whole initiative runs through July and to the end of August. Miranda Jones, Brand Ambassador at the Rutland Garden Village, says it is something they feel they can do to help local businesses see some of their customers this year:

“We absolutely understand the economic pressures that [businesses) have been under, how hard it has been for them to get in front of people" says Miranda. "With event cancellations all over the place, we thought let’s offer them something. Fundamentally it’s just about supporting this county and the people working hard in it.”

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