Saturday 7th December 2013 is Small Business Saturday. The idea started with American Express in the USA, where it started on 2010. Indeed I did a little to publicise the idea on this blog in 2011. It has now spread to the UK.
If you value having small shops and other businesses, Saturday is your opportunity to show your support by spending some money with them. Basically, use ’em or lose ’em.
If you are Christmas shopping, buy a coffee from the independent rather than the chain. Try the butcher instead of the supermarket for meat. Buy a bottle of wine or your Christmas chocolates from the corner shop.
Above all, take the opportunity to explore and find your nearest hardware store, gardening shop or ice cream parlour. You may not need them on Saturday, but knowing they are there for the future extends your choice. And you never know what quirky delights you might come across.
If you are an American Express card holder, visit their site http://www.amexshopsmall.co.uk/hub.html?cid=van1-hub-pcs