Today is Small Business Saturday 2015

Today is Small Business Saturday UK, a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities.

The day itself takes place on the first shopping Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses. The campaign highlights family business, local shops, online businesses, wholesalers, business services and small manufacturers.

Sadly this year it’s looking to be a wash out in a very literal sense. The Met Office has launched an amber weather warning with the so called storm “Desmond” bringing 70mph gales and heavy rain forecast for the North of the UK with gale force winds in the South and the news channels are already warning consumers to stay indoors in the worst affected areas until the winds subside.

Outdoor markets across the country are being cancelled and shoppers are likely to think twice about visiting local high streets. In all likelihood those that do venture out are likely to head towards indoor shopping malls where the large chains reside rather than the streets where the majority of small retailers are to be found.

The prospect of a poor trading day just 20 days before Christmas is devastating for many small businesses. This is a key time of year when many of them make the biggest share of their profits, so this year it’s more important than ever that you support small traders, many of whom of course are Tamebay readers.

If you want to support small businesses today, perhaps the safest way to do so is to shop online. Look for retailers on sites like eBay who are independent rather than the big high street chains. On Amazon look for products sold by retailers other than Amazon in the Buy Box. If you’re Christmas shopping NotOnTheHighStreet and Yumbles are two of my favourite UK marketplaces where you’ll find just about every product is from a small business.

Small Business Saturday UK also have a small business finder on their website, although only a very small percentage of local businesses will have registered, but you can make a difference just by making the effort to find a local independent business today when you go out to buy your Saturday newspapers and bread and milk, or why not go out for breakfast at a local independent cafe? The small business will appreciate your patronage and you might just decide to become a regular.

If you find a great small business that you purchase from today, either offline or online, drop us a comment below and tell us what makes them great.