Small Business Saturday: Send a Shout Out for your Local High Street Saturday 2nd December 2017

From specialist shops, to quirky bars and cafes, exploring some of Warwickshire’s great independent businesses will give you a real taste of the region’s spirit. This Small Business Saturday,  (2 December), why not head out and take advantage of the great range of original and unusual businesses, shops and venues Warwickshire has to offer – all while supporting the local economy and businesses!

Small Business Saturday celebrates its fifth birthday in the UK this year. Originally launched in the US in 2010, it comes a week after two big Christmas shopping days – Black Friday and Cyber Monday – that traditionally favour larger businesses.  On Small Business Saturday, customers are encouraged to visit independent traders and retailers that contribute to the unique character and atmosphere of our high streets, town centres and villages.

There are great benefits to the area’s economy in using local businesses money spent locally tends to remain in the region.  In 2016, an estimated £717m was spent with small businesses nationally on Small Business Saturday, up 15% on the year before.

Take the opportunity this weekend to share pictures of your business or local shops you visit.    Send pictures of your favourite local shops (and shopkeepers!) to @WarksTN on twitter and instagram, don’t forget to include the hashtags #WarksTogether and #SmallBizSatUk .

Traders can visit the national Small Business Saturday website to find out more https://smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com/

With high street businesses continuing to close across the uk, it’s more important than ever that shoppers ‘think local’ to help support and safeguard the future of their local traders.

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Leader of Warwickshire County Council said: “I’m passionate about helping new and small businesses in Warwickshire.  The Council supports local businesses in many ways, from grants, expert advice and flexible business premises, to help with skills training and more.  Small and medium sized businesses are a crucial part of our economy and they are an important part of what draws people to Warwickshire for shopping, work and leisure. We hope as many people as possible head out this weekend to enjoy our fabulous independent shops, pubs and cafes.”