Burnley Council is backing the national Small Business Saturday campaign, a day-long event this Saturday 5th December, by calling for residents to support local independently owned shops on the high street this weekend.
The public are being asked to support their local independent butchers, bakers, florists, cake shops, fashion boutiques, and more in the run up to the crucial Christmas shopping period, to support the local businesses and the local economy.
Burnley Council Leader, Mark Townsend, said: “We can make a huge difference to small businesses this weekend if we support our smaller independent shops. Take a look at smaller shops you may not have previously considered and see what they have to offer, and swap from a multinational chain to a small local business this weekend.
“Standish Street, Keirby Walk, Lower St James’s Street, Padiham High Street and Burnley’s fantastic Market Hall, have some superb small independent traders selling alternative gifts to those of the big chains.
“Although the campaign lasts for one day the goal is to have a lasting impact on small businesses by changing mindsets so that people make it their mission to support small businesses and the local economy all year round.
Burnley & Padiham Town Centre Manager, Catherine Price added: “Burnley and Padiham have some fantastic independent shops, selling unique products, gifts and food, and Burnley Market is packed full of colourful independent stalls – all offering a personal friendly welcome and service.”
“Small businesses give consumers greater choice and contribute to the unique character of an area. The business owners work incredibly hard to keep their small business going and provide around two thirds of private sector employment and we should try to support them where we can.
“We’d love you to share your Small Business Saturday experience by tweeting using #SmallBizSatUK and #BrilliantBurnley to show your support and get Burnley and Small Business Saturday trending this weekend.”