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News: Spend Small Business Saturday in Rotherham

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This Saturday, December 3, is Small Business Saturday and a number of events are taking place in Rotherham town centre where you can shop local.

Launching in the UK in 2013, Small Business Saturday is a grassroots, non-political, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to support them in their communities, both on the Saturday and beyond.

The concept is based on the initiative that already exists in America. In the US, Small Business Saturday takes place on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving celebrations, one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Conceived and promoted by American Express, Small Business Saturday complements "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" which focus largely on big box and online retailers.

Michelle Ovens MBE, director of Small Business Saturday UK, said: "Last year, small business owners, local authorities, a wide range of other organisations and members of the public embraced Small Business Saturday more than ever before.

"The British public has a great affection for small businesses and tapping into that continues to be important. The small businesses themselves really make the campaign as they effectively deliver it on the ground and collectively show the depth and breadth that exists within the sector.

"This year we aim to reach more people, get more engagement, and encourage more people to support small businesses. We will be talking a lot about community because whether they are selling to consumers online or in a particular location or B2B businesses working together and doing business together, our small businesses are a community that benefits both our local and national economies."

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In Rotherham town centre, celebrate by shopping local and visit staff (elves) in All Saints' Square between 10am and 2pm to take advantage of the free Christmas gift wrapping stall, plus you can pick up a copy of the town centre gift guide.

Also in All Saints' Square, the Festive Wonderland event includes free Christmas crafts with expert help from Dawn at High Street's Craft Corner, free face painting, mischievous elves, storytelling, festive photo boards, bronco reindeer as well as Father Christmas in his grotto.

The Old Market Gallery, now at Keppel Wharf, is hosting a Christmas Market from 10am to 3pm with crafts and artworks by local artists for sale, as well as free arts activities, acoustic music, poetry and festive drumming throughout the day.

Rotherham Council has unwrapped the parking offer that sees car parking made free on Saturdays (as well as every Sunday as normal), including Small Business Saturday, Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

Free parking is available as usual at weekends on Forge Island as well as for up to two hours for free on weekdays in the "red zone."

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) research shows that for every £1 spent with a small or medium-size business, 63p is re-spent in the local area. This is compared to 40p in every £1 spent with a chain or larger business.

Mike Cherry, National Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), said: "As we approach Christmas, now is the time for all of us to go out and celebrate our local businesses.

"Small firms make a big difference to their community and the life of the nation, with many going above and beyond to help their small business neighbours and local start-ups. FSB backs the campaign at branch, region, nation and UK level as a way to say a simple 'thank you' to small business owners in every corner of the country.

"We hope even more people will turn out this year, to value the diversity and vibrancy of the UK small business community. This is a good moment to check out what small local businesses offer the whole year round. Whether you're shopping, buying services or products, choosing where to go for a meal, or building a website - hard working, innovative small businesses in the UK are the first place you should look."

Rotherham Town Centre website

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