MP calls on residents to support SBS this year
Small Business Saturday is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support the independent businesses in their communities.
This year will be the fifth year of the annual campaign, and Congleton MP Fiona Bruce says she has supported it every year.
Mrs Bruce commented: “Independently owned and run small businesses are crucial to the local economy in this constituency, play an essential role in providing goods, services, and jobs in a friendly local way. I am proud to support the Small Business Saturday campaign."
She added: “Everyone benefits when we shop and use the services of local independent business as not only do we support them and enjoy the community relationships they promote, but also all the evidence shows that much more of the money we spend stays within the local economy when we do so.”
Christine Redstone, owner of Redstone Willows in Alsage, grows and weaves willow products and provides training in the craft of willow weaving.
Christine said: “Supporting a local business like Redstone Willows keeps money in the local community, allows our customers to have a special connection with the artists, enriching the community flavour and identity.”
She continued: “The baskets and sculptures [are] made entirely by our own hands, something that chain stores just cannot supply.”
Holmes Chapel resident Ian Mallon runs Neon Freight, an international shipping company providing first class freight services based in Somerford.
He said: “Small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy, with people taking huge risks and working vast amount of hours to get them off the ground.
“A small business is more likely to re-invest in the area and create local (and flexible) jobs.”
Fiona Bruce added: “In support of Small Business Saturday, I shall be out and about right across the constituency, supporting businesses I regularly shop at such as Chisholm’s Newsagents in Middlewich where I get my papers, Devaney’s butcher shop where I shall, once again, be ordering my Christmas turkey, and Davenport’s clothing shop in Congleton – where my husband appreciates the personal service such as speedy alterations.
She continued: “There is a great atmosphere at Gather Café in Congleton where you can be guaranteed a warm welcome and a friendly face.
“In Sandbach, there is a great variety at the Indoor Market with lots of vibrant stalls and fresh local produce –and I am excited to hear of the ‘brilliant’ plans to improve Sandbach Indoor Market.”
The market will soon see revamped stalls, more storage space, improved lighting, electric doors and updated restrooms - including new baby changing facilities.
Fiona concluded: “There really is a small business for everyone to support at Sandbach Indoor Market on Small Business Saturday, and I am looking forward to the usual hearty welcome from the traders.”
It’s reported that customers spent £717m with small businesses on Small Business Saturday in 2016, an increase of 15% on 2015 spending.
Whilst the SBS day itself takes place on the first Saturday in December each year, the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses.
In 2017 Small Business Saturday is on Saturday 2nd December.