LOYAL Solihull shoppers say they are not tempted to ditch the borough for nearby Stratford-upon-Avon - despite the historic town offering vouchers for local restaurants.
The initiative, organised by Stratforward BID, will see £100,000 worth of vouchers distributed in Solihull, Warwick and Leamington and from special vans in the town centres.
The ‘Stratford Fiver’ will be redeemable against a total food and drinks bill of £20 or more, and the ‘Stratford Tenner’ for bills totalling £40 or more. Jonathan Birkett, Stratforward BID project director, said: “We have so much going in Stratford over the next few weeks that we feel everyone should visit the town at least once before Christmas.
“So we are distributing £5 and £10 ‘Stratford pounds’ to encourage shoppers to come and visit us and enjoy a festive feast or a winter warmer in one of our many gorgeous restaurants, old Elizabethan inns, cosy cafes or chic bistros.”
However shoppers in Mell Square, this week, said the discounts wouldn’t be enough to tempt them away from local stores and eateries.
We popped over to the Christmas Fair in Solihull town centre to ask shoppers if they might be enticed to shop in Stratford.
Friends Laura Mann and Andrea Benton, both 22, were shopping with baby Thomas. They said: “We wouldn’t be persuaded by the vouchers to go to Stratford as Solihull is much easier to get to and has everything we need- except a Primark!”
Iris Blackwell from Northamptonshire added: “I only got to Stratford on a Sunday so I would use the vouchers but it’s the parking that’s difficult and it costs too much!”
Gerald and Janet Purchase from Balsall Common, echoed this view saying “Stratford’s parking is too expensive and very difficult to get into, especially if you are shopping with someone who has mobility problems.”
The view from borough shoppers then is that Stratford can keep its vouchers - we’re sticking with Solihull!