Think small and make a big dif­fer­ence to help lo­cal trade

Small Busi­ness Satur­day is the per­fect way to shop for Christ­mas

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - BUSINESS - by Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @Camil­la_Good­man

THE Ad­ver­tiser & Examiner to­day urge all read­ers to back our lo­cal shops this Christ­mas.

Our call co­in­cides with Small Busi­ness Satur­day next week­end, a na­tional cam­paign to sup­port small in­de­pen­dent shops – ev­ery­thing on your Christ­mas wish-list could be closer to home than you think.

Var­i­ous events in towns and vil­lages across the Chiltern Dis­trict will be get­ting the fes­tive fun un­der way, and Small Busi­ness Satur­day on De­cem­ber 5 is be­ing pro­moted across the dis­trict to re­mind shop­pers how im­por­tant the small, in­de­pen­dent busi­nesses are to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

Great Mis­senden is hold­ing a Vil­lage Christ­mas Fes­ti­val on Satur­d­day, Novem­ber 28 from 3pm to 8pm, with mu­sic, mar­ket stalls and fair­ground rides.

Old Amer­sham will be switch­ing on Christ­mas lights on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 4, with late night shop­ping and plenty of street en­ter­tain­ment planned.

On Small Busi­ness Satur­day it­self, Amer­sha­mon-the-Hill is pulling out the stops with a Christ­mas lights cer­e­mony, fun­fair, street food and skat­ing rink and en­ter­tain­ment from 10am to 5pm.

Lit­tle Chal­font and Chal­font St Peter will also be mark­ing the day with lo­cal shops and busi­nesses offering dis­counts and spe­cial of­fers.

Leaflets will be handed out at Chal­font St Peter’s Fun Night on De­cem­ber 4, offering dis­counts at par­tic­i­pat­ing shops.

Che­sham busi­nesses are get­ting in­volved on the day as well, with spe­cial of­fers avail­able and shop­pers be­ing asked to keep their re­ceipts for a prize.

The events in Che­sham kick-off tomorrow with Christ­mas lights switch-on and late night shop­ping at Christ­mas in Che­sham.

Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil’ s cab­i­net mem­ber for cus­tomer ser­vices Coun­cil­lor Fred Wil­son said: “Lo­cal busi­nesses are the heart and soul of our com­mu­ni­ties. If they thrive, so will our towns and vil­lages. We are for­tu­nate in hav­ing some really cre­ative and skill­ful en­trepreneurs in Chiltern, with shops offering great food, gifts and fes­tive en­ter­tain­ment. The coun­cil’s gift to lo­cal busi­nesses is free car park­ing days, so, my plea to res­i­dents is - shop lo­cally, sup­port small busi­nesses and make stock­ing up for Christ­mas less has­sle and a lot more fun.”

Chair­man of the Chiltern Cham­ber of Commerce Vee Bharakda said: “Run­ning a small busi­ness can be de­mand­ing at the best of times and own­ers are al­ways look­ing for new ways to cre­atively pro­mote their prod­ucts and ser­vices. The econ­omy is quite tough and Small Busi­ness Satur­day is a re­minder of how im­por­tant the small busi­ness sec­tor is to our econ­omy and why it’s so im­por­tant to ‘ shop small’ all year round. The Cham­ber is en­cour­ag­ing lo­cal busi­nesses to take part and ad­vis­ing them on how they can spread the word.”

In the run-up to Christ­mas, free park­ing is avail­able in some Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil car parks - full de­tails are avail­able at­ti­cle/5438/FreeChrist­mas-park­ing -2015.

We’re ready: Lit­tle Chal­font traders are all set for Small Busi­ness Satur­day and want your sup­port

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