It’s Small Business Saturday UK this Saturday (3 December) – and your District Council is backing the national campaign to encourage people to support independent local shops.
With around 94% of Derbyshire Dales businesses employing less than 10 people, small businesses are the lifeblood of the local economy.
Taking place on one of the busiest shopping days in the year, the aim of the Small Business Saturday UK campaign is to encourage people to 'Shop Local' and support small businesses in their communities.
For the ninth year, the District Council has introduced free parking after 2pm at its car parks throughout the month of December to boost the local economy - and is using its communications channels to get right behind the national campaign to support independent businesses by encouraging people to Shop Local this Christmas.
Small Business Saturday coincides with a number of local events in the beautiful Derbyshire Dales, including the annual Victorian Matlock Christmas Weekend 2-4 December, organised by the Town Council, which the District Council hosts free of charge in its award-winning Hall Leys Park.
District Council Leader Councillor Lewis Rose OBE said:
"Creating a thriving local economy is the number one priority for Derbyshire Dales residents, and we are extremely proud of our small business community here. That’s why we are pushing the Shop Local message at this important time of year.
“Our free parking initiative is designed to boost local shops and businesses, not only on Small Business Saturday, but throughout the whole of December.”
Businesses adopting the Inspired by the Peak District brand are also actively taking part in this year’s Small Business Saturday. They include Mount Cook Adventure Centre at Middleton by Wirksworth, Cheetham Jackson Financial Advisors in Matlock, who are holding free meetings on the day, My Country Houses, who are offering 2017 bookings at 2016 prices, Dales and Peaks Life Coaching and Ann Bates Ceramics.
- Any Dales small business with special plans for Saturday is urged to contact the District Council via email at firstname.lastname@example.org