WinterFest has arrived in Dundee. Expect to see local, independent businesses pop-up.

Women’s Business Station, Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce (DACC), along with Dundee City Council and UNESCO City of Design Dundee are flying the flag under the Love Dundee Local brand to offer an opportunity for local businesses to collaborate and take part in Dundee’s Winterfest.

(L-R: Sarah Young from DACC, Chiara Di Ponio-Horne owner of Mezzaluna and Lauren McGurk from Women’s Business Station)

Winterfest, which opened over the weekend and runs until 2nd January, consists of 22 Christmas huts, giant wheel, large capacity bar area, full size ice skating rink as well as many more attractions. The interest surrounding this event has been exceptional, with people already making advanced bookings for the attractions. The footfall for Slessor Gardens is projected to be significant as it’s the only Christmas market in the north of Scotland.

The partners have secured two of the Christmas huts giving local businesses the opportunity to showcase local gifts, crafts and design. Those taking part during the festivities include Mezzaluna, Enlighten, Vine of Life, Marwicks, Luxury Hamper Company, Edna Mae Bakehouse and local designers & makers under the UNESCO City of Design Dundee banner.

Alison Henderson, DACC CEO said “We’ve had a really positive response to this, it’s a great way to get local small business engaged in the market as we build capacity for the future.

As soon as we recognised it might be difficult for smaller local companies to play a part in the market the Chamber, Dundee City Council, Women’s Business Station & UNESCO City of Design Dundee got together to fill two of the cabins with local businesses taking a week-long pop-up in the Winterfest market at Slessor Gardens.

It makes it affordable for micro businesses and is helping us get local gifts, produce and crafts in front of the many visitors we know are coming to the event.

Going forward we’re all keen to continue this and have early conversations with partners, market operators and businesses to make year two of this brilliant Winterfest a huge success that brings crowds to Dundee and the surrounding area.

We’re looking forward to seeing companies try this out and be able to expand their presence in the future.”

DACC are inviting Chamber Members to join them on 9 December at WinterFest to enjoy the festive activities, more information can be found over on their website DACC Xmas Social @ WinterFest | Dundee and Angus Chamber

To learn more about becoming a member of the Women’s Business Station community, please visit: https://www.businessstation.co.uk/membership-model/

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