Support local businesses on Small Business SaturdayPublished Wednesday, 23 November 2016
Support local businesses on 3 December for Small Business Saturday and enjoy free parking.
Please support your local shops and services on Saturday 3 December for Small Business Saturday.
That’s the message from Wyre Council ahead of Small Business Saturday, a national initiative asking people to take a fresh look at small independent businesses and boost local economies.
As an incentive, all council pay and display car parks in Wyre will be free to use on the day itself. There is no need to buy a ticket, just park and stay for as long as you need.
In Wyre a massive 98% of businesses are classed as small enterprises (less than 50 employees). There is a fantastic range of independents offering everything from home furnishings, local produce, cafes, clothing, butchers and bakers. Smaller independent businesses include Fleetwood Market traders, retailers at Marsh Mill in Thornton, the thriving High Street in Garstang, the distinctive compact centre in Poulton and of course a great choice of shopping in Cleveleys, Fleetwood and Knott End.
The reason for supporting Small Business Saturday is to give the retailers and service providers in our towns and villages a little extra boost in the run-up to Christmas.
Councillor Peter Murphy Cabinet Member with responsibility for Economic Development at Wyre Council said: “Small businesses really are the lifeblood of our local economy, so why shouldn’t we give them some time in the spotlight?
“We are providing free parking to encourage shoppers and we can support businesses behind the scenes, but what really counts is the number of customers that come through their doors. That’s why we’re encouraging people to shop locally on 3 December. Maybe do some of their Christmas shopping in a specialist gift shop, visit the butchers and bakers, use local services instead of a faceless company online, book a holiday with a small independent agency – anything that will help keep money in Wyre.”