What is happening in Norfolk for Small Business Saturday?

A shopper carrying shopping bags. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

A shopper carrying shopping bags. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

Independent businesses across Norfolk and Suffolk are urging Christmas shoppers to try something different this Small Business Saturday.

The annual event to promote small retailers and independents, and encourage shoppers to turn their backs on national chains and online rivals, takes place tomorrow.

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Campaign director Michelle Ovens said: 'Small Business Saturday has become an exceptional example of collaboration and co-operation with small businesses teaming up in communities around the UK.

In Wymondham, the Federation of Small Businesses has organised an event in the market place from 10.30am to celebrate the town's independent traders.


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In Stalham, organisers say they have more businesses taking part than any other town in Norfolk or Suffolk, with at least 30 joining in. Attractions include a magician at Charlotte's Cafe and homemade refreshments at Century Printing, while other participants include army surplus, antiques, and bridal gown stores, along with many food outlets.

In Broadland, district council leader Andrew Proctor will be visiting independents to offer the authority's support.

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'As a council we are always keen to support small, local businesses,' he said. ''Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity to showcase what these small businesses have to offer. As we enter the festive period, I encourage residents to explore their area and discover new places to shop, eat and enjoy.'

The council will also launch a new Buy in Broadland voucher scheme next spring, with a booklet delivered to every household in the district which includes discount vouchers for a variety of Broadland businesses. 2

Mr Proctor added: 'We aim to showcase the level of diversity, innovation and talent that is active within our small business sector and persuading people to get out and support their friends, neighbours and family members and reinforce local communities and economies.'

Tell us what you are doing for Small Business Saturday by emailing mark.shields@archant.co.uk or leaving your comment below.

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