Saturday 7th December will play host to the first Small Business Saturday. This is a national campaign to encourage everyone to back their neighbourhood’s small businesses.
Businesses across the borough are already taking part by staging events or promoting the day in other ways. These include a Victorian Christmas in Hamlet Court Road from 2pm, special offers being launched in 25 businesses in Leigh, on-the-day discounts at Boutique 69 in Southend High Street, and a free pot of tea with any slice of cake at Gleneagles Guest House, Southend.
My portfolio will be playing its part to boost Small Business Saturday by offering all day free car parking on Saturday 7th December in the following car parks which border local shopping areas:
Hamlet Court Road
Thorpe Bay Broadway
Over the past few years I have supported local shops in my own ward and Small Business Saturday is a key event, so with this free parking opportunity, hopefully it attract even more people to enjoy all the perks and proximity of our local firms and continue to shop local.