Support your local stores this Small Business Saturday

Published: Thursday 29th November 18

It’s Small Business Saturday this weekend, and Wandsworth shoppers are being urged to spend their cash in local shops.

The annual event, which this year is on December 1, is a chance to support your neighbourhood stores and bag some Christmas bargains

Saturday is expected to be one of the busiest shopping days of the year. On Small Business Saturday last year consumers spent around £748m in the UK’s small businesses. Research shows that for every pound spent with a small or medium-sized business, 63p stays in the local economy, compared to 40p with a large business.

The council is supporting Small Business Saturday as part of its annual Christmas campaign to encourage people to shop locally. It is inviting local people to explore their own neighbourhood, unearth the wide range of shops and diverse retail opportunities on their doorstep and become customers all year round.

It is organising and supporting a range of Christmas events to lure people to high streets and shopping areas. This weekend there will be lights ceremonies and other events in Balham, Earlsfield, Nine Elms and Putney. See all events.

The council’s business spokesman Cllr Rory O’Broin will be visiting local shops taking part in Small Business Saturday. He said: “I know it’s easy to buy Christmas gifts online, but independent local shops are at the heart of our local community and if we want to keep them we have to use them. You’ll get friendly and knowledgeable face-to-face service and shopping local can be the best way of finding that perfect Christmas gift.

“Supporting local shops benefits the whole local economy and keeps our town centres vibrant. Make Small Business Saturday the excuse you need to check out your local stores, enjoy the Christmas events and get shopping.”

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Recent comments

Sorry but some of us don't plan to do any Christmas shopping this year because we don't have any money to spare. Between welfare cuts and rising rents and letting agents' fees that still haven't been banned, there's nothing left to spend in support of our local businesses. I'll be giving freecycled and home-made Christmas presents this year.

30 November 2018

Hello everyone, This was filmed last year. Natural for Baby has changed a lot since then, many items in the video are sold through with lots of new organic and natural baby and toddler gifts and essentials here for you now! I am doing an offer with giving out vouchers on Saturday again and Natural for baby will be taking part in the AMEX Shop Small cash back offer that starts on Saturday too. Have a look at the shop's website which I built this year to see what's now here in the shop and details of how to find the shop and I too. Thank you for shopping locally. Elizabeth, Owner, Natural for Baby.
Elizabeth Jones

29 November 2018