Think local next Saturday

Retail expert,  Kate Hardcastle
Retail expert, Kate Hardcastle

Small and independent retailers are calling on shoppers to support local businesses on ‘Small Business Saturday’.

Traditionally an American shopping holiday, the day encourages people to support those small businesses at the heart of the community - and the local economy.

And it’s hoped that shoppers on this side of the pond will ‘think local’ on December 6.

A report by American Express revealed for every £1 spent by independent businesses, 60p goes straight back into the local economy.

Kate Hardcastle, retail expert and supporter of Small Business Saturday, said: “We’ve long known that small businesses make a big contribution to their local economies.

“What this research gives us for the first time is a sense of the extent to which independent small shops are investing in their local communities.“

Anthea Orchard, owner of Cardelium, Ovenden, is also an advocate of the day.

“It’s about that personal touch with small businesses,” she said.

“You build a rapport with customers.”

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