Small business, big difference

POSTED ON: 27/11/2016

Small business, big difference Small Business Saturday takes place on Saturday 3rd December. This national campaign highlights small business success and encourages customers to support small businesses in their communities.

I am a passionate advocate for the independent retailer and will be getting behind this campaign, urging you to do the same and shopping local on the 3rd. We are in exciting times for Ipswich . There has been a dramatic increase in the number of small businesses popping up on our High streets in recent years. From the success of the Saints (St Nicholas and St Peters street), to new indie hubs in the Walk and Dial Lane, both in the town centre.

Independent business owners are generally a passionate bunch , knowing their businesses inside out. Every year All About Ipswich celebrate this fact by running the Independent Business Awards, giving the consumer the chance to vote for their favourite business. Some of this years highlights include, Zeebra Chic - a family run gift shop in Dial Lane -winners of Best Independent Business. Alaturka - a Turkish restaurant won the Best Independent restaurant. Image Beauty Salon won the Best Customer Service Award. There are many more high street heroes out there, perhaps you have some favourites.

My personal heroes are Baiss and Co, hair and beauty salon, and Mauds Attic, gifts and collectibles. Both of these amazing businesses are located on the Saints, and both have recently celebrated milestone anniversaries. Baiss have just celebrated 25years in business and Mauds Attic 20 years. These are massive achievements and testament to their tenacity, great customer service and excellent product range.

Last year customers spent £623million with small business on SBS last year, up 24% on the previous year. 100,000 tweets were sent in support of small business with an estimated reach of 25million people. It really is an effective campaign to raise the profile of our independent business community. However remember that these small businesses are on the high street for 364 other days of the year.

Our independent’s bring interest and colour, diversity and originality to our high streets. They impact significantly on the local economy . Please show your support on Saturday 3rd December, by shopping local, tweet about it and share your stories on social media. #smallbizsat Facebook SmallBusinessSaturday Instagram and twitter @Smallbizsatuk. 

As a small business owner myself I look forward to seeing you on my high street, The Saints.

Cathy Frost Winner of the Town Centre Champion Award.

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