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December 7th, 2013 |

Today Is Small Business Saturday !

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Today is Small Business Saturday. Their website explains that:


Small Business Saturday is all about encouraging everyone in the UK to support small businesses, both on the day and beyond.

This year will see the first Small Business Saturday in the UK, held on one of the busiest shopping days of the year – the first Saturday in December.

We want all kinds of small businesses to get involved, so know that whether you are a family business, local shop, online business, wholesaler or small manufacturer, Small Business Saturday is supporting you!

One way that the District Council tries to support local trade is through the ShopAtMyLocal scheme. It’s worth having a look at their webpage whether you are a business or a customer:

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So today for example, Courts have free mini Christmas trees. We also see on the FeatheringYourNest Facebook Page that they are taking part:

It is a day to shop at your local independent shops and show your support for the diversity and uniqueness of our town. To help us celebrate and say thanks for supporting us this year, have 10% off EVERYTHING!!!
we are giving away free gingerbread cup cakes with every purchase. Mulled wine, sweets, Face painting by Molly and a few songs by Carly Ann Hipson.

It’s a fact though, that small shops can rarely compete with the big stores and internet giants on price. Though they do tend to pay their share in taxes, something that Amazon isn’t famous for - in fact the Guardian reported that on sales of 7 Billion Pounds, Amazon paid no UK Corporation Tax. And other news stories , such as some supermarkets selling frozen Brazilian chickens that are nearly one-fifth water don’t show the big stores in a good light either.

4 Responses to “Today Is Small Business Saturday !”

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    christine paine:

    The thing is you can find those different little things in small stores that Amazon and the like just don’t bother with. I try to shop in Rayleigh High St. as much as possible, can’t always manage it, but there are certain shops, Byfords for example, that are just a pleasure to use.

    On a slightly negative note. I have been somewhat disappointed with the Saturday market. Really not that much there, unfortunately that has to have a “could have done better”.

  2. 2
    Rita:

    I thought the shops in Rayleigh High Street did well on Saturday, especially Feathering Your Nest.

    I agree that the market is on the small side, but the stallholders who visit on Wednesdays probably have their regular site in other towns on a Saturday. The word will soon spread and I bet come the summer, the Saturday Market will be just as busy as on a Wednesday.

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    bruce smart:

    SATURDAY MARKET- A good idea and worth trying. It would appear that market traders have regular pitches on a Saturday and do not want to give them up. I can assure people that quite a few, i.e. enough to make it viable and a fair size did agree to attend on Saturdays.

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    Elena Black:

    I have heard some criticism from some shops that although the Wednesday market has been a great success and a positive contribution to the town, a Saturday Xmas market isn’t needed – people are coming town anyway right now, and it simply diverts trade away from the existing year-round shops…..

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