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Counting down to Small Business Saturday 2014

The countdown to this year’s Small Business Saturday event on 6 December - when small, independent businesses in communities across the country will be in the national spotlight - has begun in Poole!

The initiative encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses.
Launch of Small Business Saturday 2014
First launched in the UK last year, the Small Business Saturday initiative was a great success demonstrating the importance of small businesses in communities and the essential role they play in the local economy.

Cllr Elaine Atkinson, Leader of the Council, Borough of Poole, said: “It is vital that we show our support for local businesses and these events are a great opportunity to showcase the wonderful independent retail offer Poole has.

“Days like this highlight the variety of small businesses across our community and I would encourage our residents to show their support and keep some of their Christmas shopping local this year.”

Poole is home to a diverse and prolific range of independent retailers and other small enterprises across the town centre and other trading areas. Many people live and work close to local shops. Small Business Saturday celebrates and promotes these businesses and hopefully encourages customers to support them not only on one day, but all year round too.

Mandy Payne, Spotcheckers Retail, who is organising the initiative said: “Borough of Poole is supporting the event with 10,000 leaflets which will be delivered to homes across Poole to encourage residents to shop local on 6 December. Businesses will be encouraged to put an offer on for the day and display their offer on posters in business windows and on the Facebook page Small Business Saturday-Poole. We need businesses to join in and let themselves be seen and heard on 6 December 2014.”

In addition, Borough of Poole will be providing the popular Park and Ride service to support Small Business Saturday. In a special promotion the Park and Ride will be FREE for all shoppers on Saturdays in the run-up to Christmas Day, starting from Saturday 29 November. The service leaves the Creekmoor Park and Ride site every 15 minutes from 8am until 6pm and drops passengers within easy reach of the shops at the entrance to Falkland Square.

More information on Small Business Saturday, participating retailers and details on promotions and other incentives to ‘shop locally’ can be found on the Small Business Saturday - Poole Facebook page.