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MEDIA RELEASE: Business boost after Council announced free parking in its town centre car parks for Small Business Saturday

Braintree District Council will offer free parking between 7am and 7pm in its town centre car parks* to mark this year’s Small Business Saturday UK being held on Saturday, December 3rd.

The Council is supporting the national initiative, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities. The day itself takes place on the first Saturday in December each year.

Braintree District Council is happy to support Small Business Saturday and is encouraging others to get involved by visiting https://smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com/ to see what they can do to support local businesses.

Cllr Tom Cunningham, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “Our small businesses are the heart of our local economy providing jobs and services to our residents and visitors. The more they succeed, the more jobs they provide for our residents. To mark Small Business Saturday UK we have decided to waive the car parking charges in our council run town centre car parks for the day.

“Free parking isn’t something we can consider every day because we have to balance providing affordable parking with generating the income needed to maintain safe and effective car parks. Throughout the rest of the year we’ve struck a good balance by offering our 10p after 3pm scheme which encourages shoppers into the towns at a time when retailers have told us trade is less busy. We are looking forward to regenerating our town centres and working with the Town Teams to deliver the environment that will help to attract retailers.” 

Notes to Editors

  • The hashtag for the event is: #SmallBizSatUK
  • Find out more about our 10p after 3pm scheme here: http://www.braintree.gov.uk/10p
  • *The Small Business Saturday UK offer only applies to the following BDC run town centre pay and display car parks.


Newland Street, Mill Lane


George Yard Multi – storey Car Park, Causeway House, Manor Street, Victoria Street.

For more Braintree District Council news, please visit http://www.braintree.gov.uk/news


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Monday 5th @ Spring Lodge to Saxon Drive / Wednesday 7th @ Chalks Road  to  Church Street / Thursday 8th @ Templars School to Templar Area – Tuesday 13th @ Maidment Crescent to Howbridge Rd Area – Wednesday 14th @ Catholic School to Pondholton Area / Thursday 15th  @ Catholic School to Gershwin Area.

Day Events

Aldi – Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd @ 10am till 4pm

Newlands – Saturday 10th @ 10am till 2pm

Morrison’s - Thursday 15th & Friday 16th @10m till 4pm

Newland  – Saturday 17th @ 10am till 2pm.

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Essex Police

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