It’s Small Business Saturday UK this Saturday (2 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 tenth 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 Matlock Victorian Christmas Market, 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:
"We are extremely proud of our small business community here in the Derbyshire Dales – and helping to create a thriving local economy is the council’s number one priority.
“We make no apology for hammering home the Shop Local message, and our free parking initiative is designed to boost local shops and businesses, not only on Small Business Saturday, but throughout the whole of December.”
- Any Dales small business with special plans for Saturday is urged to contact the District Council via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- More information about Small Business Saturday UK is available online at https://smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com/
- Many small Dales businesses are now signed up to the ‘Inspired by the Peak District’ campaign, demonstrating their connection to the area as a great place to live and work. For more information on the scheme, visit www.businesspeakdistrict.com