The UK’s first Small Business Saturday takes place across the country on 7th December and the Ipswich event is being supported by the Borough Council.
First launched in the United States, Small Business Saturday is designed to raise the profile of small, local companies across the UK and is being backed by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and the Department for Communities and Local Government.
As part of the initiative, Ipswich Borough Council is supporting a shop local pop-up market being held in the Buttermarket Shopping Centre between 10am and 4pm. A wide variety of stalls will be on offer, including gifts, crafts, fashion, jewellery, vintage goods and locally produced food.
The day also sees the launch of “Just for Starters”, a new entrepreneurial scheme on Ipswich Market, where up and coming traders can apply for the opportunity have a stall for up to four consecutive weeks free of charge. For more information please contact Kevin Walker, Market Supervisor, on 07736 826028 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor Carole Jones, Portfolio-holder for Economic Development said: “The Small Business Saturday campaign is a great way of highlighting our small local businesses which play such an important part of our local economy. We are focusing on our town centre but all small businesses across the Borough can get involved and support the initiative.”
Paul Clement, Chief Executive of Ipswich Central, commented: “Ipswich has a large collection of fantastic independent businesses that we must celebrate on this grand shopping day. From the vintage independent shops in The Saints to the quirky stores in Blackfriars, it is the small businesses that give Ipswich its unique and bespoke character.”
For more information on Small Business Saturday please visit: www.ipswich.gov.uk/smallbusinesssaturday