Max has been visiting town centre independent businesses to find out about the challenges they have faced in dealing with the pandemic during 2021.
He also got feedback on how Cheltenham can support businesses in future, as well as plans for 2022.
The Find, 288 Bar and Wok and Cheltenham Tweed Company were among the stops on Max’s visits.
“We can all be very proud of the way our local independent businesses have dealt with the pandemic,” said Max.
“I was pleased to hear lots of positive feedback about how things are going, as well as planned growth for next year.
“Businesses told me that they need support to grow and to get through the economic turmoil caused by rising wages, energy costs, business rates and general inflationary pressures.
“Cheltenham‘s business grants payment scheme was praised and the proposals for a new pocket park in the town centre have mostly been well received.
“However, it’s clear that there’s much more work to be done and the uncertainty will continue as long as we have to deal with the pandemic.”