Why We Support Local Businesses 

Published on:
July 27, 2022

With the cost of living crisis, we're all feeling the pinch and cutting back where we can, but more than ever it's important to support business in our local communities.

With Wherstead Park being part of the East of England Co-op family, we make it our mission to support local businesses. From using local caterers, photographers, videographers, AV suppliers, marquee providers right through to small independent artisan businesses, where we invite them to showcase their products at our events. 

We’re incredibly passionate about helping the local economy, and here’s our top 3 reasons  why…

Small businesses are the key ingredient for growth & sustainability

99.9% of the UK's business are small medium-sized, so their successes and failures have a huge impact on our overall economy.

They provide jobs

Without stating the obvious here,  shopping local contributes to bolstering local job opportunities. According to the FSB Total employment in SMEs was 16.3 million (61% of the total), whilst turnover was estimated at £2.3 trillion (52%), and employment in small businesses (with 0 to 49 employees) was 12.9 million (48% of the total), with a turnover of £1.6 trillion (36%).

They’re the Foundation of our communities 

According to research conducted by Indie Retail,  for every £1 spent shopping online or at a large corporate, out of town retailers only generate around 5p back into the local community. However if you switch to spending the same amount locally, independent businesses would circulate 50p-70p back into that local economy!

In the spirit of supporting small local businesses, we’re excited to invite you to our free  Market in the Park on the 24th July & 14th August. We have a range of stalls selling some of the region’s finest crafts, artwork, food, drink, plants & fashion!

Our sensational selection of East of Englands’ sellers includes:

Baileys Photography 

Cakes & Bakes by Lacey Grace 

Cheese & Pie Man  


Creation Station

Crumb & Brew 

DJ Wines

Dreams & Wishes 

East Coast Distillery

Elsie & Tom

Fen Spirits 

Field of Cheese 

Hall of Blooms

Honeypie Handmade

Jasper Byers

Little Boutiques Knits 

Little Luxuries 

Mad Mike’s Chilli Jam

Pretty Cactus

Purple Tree Designs 


Stokes Sauces 

Sweet Memories 

The Dirt Box Burgers

Tropics Skincare 


Vicky’s Flowers

Wildlight Candles

With free entry, parking and garden games, our Market in the Park events with food vendors, bar facility, tipi and stretch tent will be the ideal family day out (no matter the weather)!

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