Think small and make a big difference to help local trade
Small Business Saturday is the perfect way to shop for Christmas
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 at www.chiltern.gov.uk/article/5438/FreeChristmas-parking -2015.
We’re ready: Little Chalfont traders are all set for Small Business Saturday and want your support