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Local businesses – the lifeblood of our communities – have faced huge adversity this year.

Today on #SmallBusinessSaturday I’m visiting them to show our support.

Here with Sebastian at Café Donasao in Poplar – why not try out their freshly baked almond croissants! #ShopLocal.

Market traders have experienced some of the biggest dips and dives in the pandemic but are still offering a wide range of products. Grab yourself the latest in seasonal fruit and vegetables in #ChrispStreet market.

Lovely to meet Arif and team at Wyngz at Chrisp Street – great vegan menu on offer!

This afternoon I visited newer local businesses in Watney Market – local hairdressers, stall holders and of course Caffe Italia run by our vibrant Bangladeshi Italian community.

Ending #SmallBusinessSaturday2021 with the Christmas tree lighting at the Wapping Fair.