In his first engagement as Conservative Parliamentary Candidate, Northampton Borough Council Leader David Mackintosh today visited some of the town’s many great independent businesses to mark the UK’s first ever Small Business Saturday.
Small Business Saturday is a Government-backed event that has crossed the pond from America, where it has become a way of raising awareness of the contribution independent businesses make to the economy and encouraging people to shop local.
7th December is expected to be one of the busiest trading days of the year and shoppers are being asked to support their ‘high street heroes’ on that day and throughout the coming year.
In Northampton, the Borough Council is offering free parking all day on 7th December and every Saturday in the run up to Christmas in the Mayorhold, St Michael’s, St John’s and the Grosvenor Centre car parks
To show his support and gain a greater understanding of running a small business, Cllr David Mackintosh met independent cookshop Abraxas and wine merchant and art gallery Wine Connection, both in the town centre. Wine Connection is marking the date with an evening tasting session.
The focus then moved to Wellingborough Road, which is filled with independent shops, boutiques, restaurants and pubs. Cllr Mackintosh visited Commonn, a fashion store, selling exclusive, locally-made men’s footwear and designer clothing, and then triathlon and running shop Tri Running, and Skears Photographic.
Cllr Mackintosh said “Small businesses really matter. There are thousands of small businesses in Northampton employing thousands of people. We have some really innovative and enterprising small companies in Northampton and we have put a number of measures in place such as free parking offers, or our tourist website Love Northampton to show our support for them.”
“One of the features that make Northampton different from other major towns is our wealth of independent stores and restaurants and Small Business Saturday is a way to shine the spotlight on them and encourage people to use them.”