Small businesses are a gift for Christmas
Help retail community and ‘shop local’ for better, personal service
THE Advertiser is urging all readers to support their local traders, particularly at this time of year.
As seasonal lights are switched on across the county, business leaders in Chalfont St Giles, Chalfont St Peter and Gerrards Cross are urging villagers to use local shops rather than buying all their presents via the internet or in larger towns and cities.
Our call coincides with Small Business Saturday (December 6), a national campaign to support small independent shops.
Chalfont St Giles welcomes Father Christmas for its switch-on at the village green from 5.50pm on Saturday.
Celebrity baker Mich Turner, of Little Venice Cake Company, switched on the lights in Gerrards Cross yesterday (Tuesday) and Chalfont St Peter has its Christmas Fun Night, with a funfair and more than 40 stalls, from 4pm tomorrow (Friday).
Liz Royal, co-owner of Activity Chest in Chalfont St Peter, will keep her toy shop open until at least 4pm on Christmas Eve for anyone who needs to make a last-minute dash for gifts.
“Christmas is a wonderful opportunity for everybody to come and look at the offers,” she said. “We all try really hard to make sure there is enough stock. It would be nice if we felt people were coming to us first to help us out.
“You do not have to pay for the car park here and you may even be able to walk. Give us a go before heading to the internet.”
Paul Fisher, chairman of Gerrards Cross Traders’ Association, said: “Christmas is all about coming together and having that sense of community, and in Gerrards Cross that is what you get with the independent shopkeepers.
“You get a much better experience. If it was about prices, then everyone would shop at the cheapest and that’s not the case.”
The owner of florist Blooms of St Giles, Lynn Holloway, said: “People get a personal service when they come in. They feel important and really looked after and you don’t get that on the high street.
“We want to keep the community going and offer people services to those who can not go to the main shops. It enhances the beauty of the village if we see lots of nice little boutiques.”
INDEPENDENTS: Shopkeepers in Market Place, Chalfont St Peter, are ready to give you a warm welcome and help you do your Christmas shopping this year