Tim Bowles, the Conservative candidate for West of England Mayor, visited the village of Pensford in North East Somerset to discuss some of the issues faced by small rural businesses.
Tim met Fran and Jess, the owners of The Miners’ Coffee Shop, to listen to their hopes and concerns.
Fran and Jess welcome local residents and visitors but face difficulties due to the shop’s location and the lack of parking in the village.
It is a similar story for Umang Patel, the owner of the village post office and stores on the opposite side of the road.
Umang said two village post offices in the area had closed recently and he stayed open by working long hours, by providing as wide a range of products as he could and thanks to the goodwill of local residents.
Tim said: “Small businesses like these in Pensford are the backbone of our local communities, creating jobs, providing opportunities and adding character to our towns and villages.
“If elected as Mayor I will do everything I can to support small businesses, and the enterprising and hardworking people who run them, to help them flourish.”
Tim was joined on the visit by Cllr Paul May, the Bath and North East Somerset councillor for Publow and Whitchurch.