Each year, Small Business Saturday is celebrated throughout the UK on the first weekend in December. It’s the perfect opportunity to kick of the festive shopping season, showcasing the unique shops, producers and services that enhance our town centres.
Throughout 2018, Bedford town centre has seen the launch of a flurry of new small businesses including Hattie & Co in the Old Arcade, Beefly and St Cuthbert’s Arcade on St Cuthbert’s Street and Greyfriars Arcade near Midland Road. In these uncertain economic times, it is truly inspiring that new businesses are opening in Bedford and they deserve our support.
This year, we are joining forces with the Bedford Independent, Explore Bedford and On The Map to support their Shop Local campaign. On Small Business Saturday, independent retail expert Richard Shorney will be visiting Bedford and taking a tour of our independent shops, cafes, restaurants and businesses. He will be meeting some of the small business owners, sharing his expertise and hearing retailers’ concerns about the future of the UK’s high streets. We look forward to reporting back on his visit.
Bedford’s small businesses have gained national recognition this year, as the Pavilion in the Park cafe was selected as one of the #SmallBiz100 in November and in August, Kempston-based Proven-Salle was selected by Theo Paphitis as his ‘Small Business of the Week’. Owner Ffion Hawke set up the business after 15 years as a retail management consultant in the City. She swapped power suits for paint-splattered clothes, sourcing, restoring and selling French countryside and Provencal-influenced furniture. www.proven-salle.com
Small Business Saturday – get involved
Of course, the best way to support local businesses is to spend your money there! Throughout the day, many of Bedford’s small businesses will be running special offers to entice you in. Here are a just a few, with more being added at the Explore Bedford website
10% off all Christmas orders placed on Saturday 1 December at GCH Fishmongers on Newnham Street
Christmas List Blitz at Rogan’s Books – whoever you need to buy for, Rogan’s Books guarantees there’s a book out there for them. Bring in your Christmas list and owner, Rachael, will get you sorted while you enjoy some festive refreshments.
Visitors to Ready Steady Roll in Sharnbrook will receive a free slice of (delicious) cake with every game purchased
Choose a name for Boutique Planet’s pink flamingo and enter into their prize draw.