Small Business Saturday

Bath is a fantastic city for shopping, we know that because coach loads of people come in, for that very reason, but how many of us stop and think about where we buy things.

With a little thought, we can all make small changes to help support our local traders – people who really do value your business, people who in turn, will spend their money locally and keep our local economy buoyant.

One initiative we can all support is Small Business Saturday (6th December) which encourages shoppers to ‘buy local’ on the first Saturday of December, of course we can all make changes and shop locally every day of the year.

So instead of buying your morning coffee from a large coffee shop chain, why not buy it from an independent coffee shop and next time you are looking for a gift, don’t head straight for the high street stores, seek out some of the fantastic array of quirky little shops that Bath has to offer.

The key thing here is that now we have so many more choices, and we often say the reasons for this are convenience and cost benefits. Your local shops are not always more expensive than supermarkets, and the advantages are that they can you offer a personal service and also a depth of knowledge of the products they sell.

The sad thing is that if we don’t use our independent businesses, we may lose them. One less customer a week for a small shop could mean closure within a matter of months.

So next time you go shopping think small first and shop local!

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