Support your local stores this Small Business Saturday

Published: Friday, December 6, 2019

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

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Now in its seventh year in the UK, the annual event, which this year is on December 7, 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 £812m 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 bring people to high streets and shopping areas. This week there will be lights ceremonies and other events in Balham, Tooting and Nine Elms.  Find out more

The head of the council’s Economic Development Office, Steve Diamond, said “Supporting local shops benefits the whole local economy and keeps our town centres vibrant. It’s also better for the environment to visit stores on your doorstep. 

“Make Small Business Saturday the excuse you need to check out your local shops, enjoy the Christmas events and get shopping.” 

Find out about your local town centre at https://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/business-and-licensing/town-centres/