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.
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.”