This weekend we are urging people to support their local traders as part of Small Business Saturday.
The campaign highlights the success of smaller retailers on a national level and encourages people to visit their local shops on the first shopping Saturday in December each year. It aims to have a lasting effect and boost footfall in town centres.
Johnston Press, the parent company of the Rutland and Stamford Mercury, the Rutland Times and The Local, supports the campaign.
National Small Business Saturday campaign director Michelle Ovens said: “The first Small Business Saturday last year was an exceptional example of collaboration and cooperation, with small businesses teaming up in communities around the UK. We always said we wanted this to be the start of something amazing; a regular event that shines a light on small businesses throughout the UK in a way that is hugely beneficial to both the local and the national economy.
“Small Business Saturday reinforces that message and demonstrates the level of diversity, innovation and talent that is active within our small business sector.”
Campaigners wants all kinds of small businesses to get involved in Small Business Saturday, be they family businesses, local shops, online businesses, wholesaler or small manufacturer. For details of how to take part visit www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com and click Get Involved.
There you will be able to download a digital pack, sign up to get a local marketing pack - which includes posters you can use on the day - and get social media ‘shout out’ when you share your plans for the event.
Rutland County Council is offering free parking in all its car parks in Oakham and Uppingham, apart from Burley Road car park, from 10am on Saturday.
We also want to know which businesses in our area are taking part. Let us know and we’ll include you in this week’s papers. E-mail email@example.com or tweet us using the hashtag #SmallBizSatUK.