The Mayor of Worcester and the Leader of the City Council headed to St. John’s on Saturday to support a number of independent traders – and cut the ribbon at the launch of a new mobile phone repair business.

Worcester Smart Tech (Unit 6A, King Charles Place, St. Johns, WR2 5AJ) was officially launched on Small Business Saturday (2 December) – a national campaign designed to celebrate and encourage consumers to shop at small local businesses.

Run by Grant and Russell Allison-Hinton, Worcester Smart Tech offers repair and unlocking services for iPhones, iPads, smart phones and tablets, and also sells a wide range of phone accessories.

“It’s great to see another new business choosing to set up in St. John’s,” says Cllr Adrian Gregson, Leader of Worcester City Council.

“This area is not only one of the key gateways in to Worcester, but it also has a fantastic array of independent shops which stock an enormous variety of quirky and original products.”

The Mayor and Leader also visited Narraway (29 St. John’s, WR2 5AG) – a family butchers which has been trading in St. John’s for 42 years.

As well as meat, the shop sells a wide range of pies, cheeses, eggs and preserves – a number of the products are made on the premises.

Next, they moved on to D L Ogle Pharmacy (18 – 20 St. Johns WR2 5AH) – a long established independent business acquired by Dennis Ogle in 1969.

His son David took over the business in 2009, and has expanded it greatly.  As well as being a pharmacy, today it sells a wide range of gift items including perfumes, beauty and cosmetics, jewellery and children’s items.  You can also order products online at www.dlogle.co.uk.

The remaining retailer on the tour was First Paige Printers (85 St. John’s, WR2 5AG).  The business has another shop in Malvern, and opened the Worcester branch in 1979.  It produces personalised stationery for businesses and weddings as well as personalised Christmas cards, banners, display boards and T-shirt printing.

The shop is a popular destination for University of Worcester students who want to get their dissertation printed.

“One of the main advantages of shopping locally is that you can have a face-to-face conversation with the trader and very often, they will tailor their service or products to your individual needs and specification,” explains the Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Steve Mackay.

“I urge everyone to see what traders in your neighbourhood have to offer in the run-up to Christmas.”