Now Doncaster Council is urging people to get behind a national campaign that recognises the vital role small businesses play in the economy.
Small Business Saturday UK is 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 Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses. In 2016 Small Business Saturday will take place on Saturday 3 December.
From manufacturers to retailers, Doncaster small businesses are based across the borough, are valued employers and provide a range of services.
There are many small businesses in Doncaster town centre that boost the town’s shopping offer and this year there will be a Christmas Gift Fayre supporting Small Business Saturday.
The event will be in addition to the regular Saturday market and will allow a range of new small business stallholders the opportunity to provide a seasonal market.
There will also be family entertainment throughout the event and a performance by the JW Academy choir at 12 noon. Free face painting and a visit by Father Christmas is also planned.
Councillor Bill Mordue, cabinet member for Business, Skills, Tourism and Culture, said: “Small businesses boost our economy, employ local people and provide a valuable service. Small Business Saturday is a great way to remind us of their vital role and encourage people to support Doncaster’s small business community by shopping local. Doncaster Council is proud of our borough’s business community and we work hard to do all we can to support it and encourage further growth.”
Chris Dungworth, Manager of Business Doncaster said: “Business Doncaster fully supports national initiatives such as Small Business Saturday which recognise the value of small and independent businesses. We work with many of the smaller businesses across the borough offering information, advice and guidance on areas such as starting up, winning new business, managing accounts, bidding for council contracts and exploring finance to help them to expand and grow. We will continue to do everything we can to nurture businesses and support existing businesses to ensure Doncaster remains a profitable place to do business.
“This is a great opportunity for small businesses and independent retailers to promote their business and we encourage Doncaster residents to show their support and keep their Christmas shopping local this year.”
The Christmas Land Train offers a free hop on, hop off service throughout the town centre in December and from Saturday 3 December to Tuesday 3 January the first three hours of parking at Chappell Drive is free.