Small Business Saturday - on Saturday 4 December - is a UK campaign to encourage people to 'Shop Local' and support small businesses in their communities.
With more than 90% of Derbyshire Dales businesses employing fewer than 10 people, small businesses are the lifeblood of the local economy.
For a 14th year, we have introduced free parking after 2pm in our car parks throughout the month of December to boost the local economy - and we're using our 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 on 3, 4 & 5 December, which takes place in our award-winning Hall Leys Park.
District Council Leader Councillor Garry Purdy said:
"We also introduced free parking after 2pm in September to help local businesses bounce back from the pandemic restrictions. Our December free parking initiative is designed to boost those same businesses, not only on Small Business Saturday, but throughout the whole of December.”The free parking initiative comes on top of residents’ parking concessions that allow local people to park free every day of the year up to 11am and after 4pm. The residents' free parking permit is posted out annually to every household in the district.