Red Desk – Supporters of Small Businesses this Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday has been around in the UK for a few years now.  Each year on the first Saturday of December, small businesses and their local community will celebrate what makes them unique and great.

In a time when rents are rising and more high street businesses are closing, it is even more important to support your local economy.  Places like Muswell Hill and Crouch End, are full of small independent businesses bringing a real character to these areas.  Just strolling through Avenue Mews in N10 during one of their mini festivals or Hornsey Town Hall makes you really appreciate life and the surrounding community.  However there is always threat of development so that is why it is imperative to support and shop local.

small business saturdayBelow are just some ways in which you can celebrate your local independent business economy.

 

Ways to celebrate your independent businesses

 

  • Shop at a local market. Festivals such as Crouch End Festival (runs for around ten days in July) and MidSummer Muswell often have markets as part of their events.  Make sure you visit the stalls as it is a chance for local creatives to sell their wares to the public.
  • Join in a treasure hunt around the shops. The Muswell Hill and Fortis Green Association run a fabulous competition for kids in the Summer holidays called the “Odd One Out” competition.  By visiting all the participating shops, you are not only entertaining your children but also increasing the chance of purchasing something local.
  • Vote in local business awards. As part of the MidSummer Muswell celebrations, there was a chance for the good people of Muswell Hill to show their thanks to the fantastic range of independent businesses that operate in the area.
  • When looking for a business or trade check out listings and adverts in your local magazines. For example, we receive Muswell Flyer, and the editor Becky Beach produces a number of location-specific magazines (The N8 Communicator, Highgate Handbook, N14 Directory, N21 Directory, The Barnet Local and N20 Connection).  You’ll find lots of local businesses, discover other local events to support (and on BeckyBeach.net)  plus you’ll be supporting  local tradespeople.
  • Another local magazine to support is Village Raw. It celebrates unique local culture, and features the most exciting stories about the community’s makers & doers, writers & thinkers, art & culture, food & drink and health & wellbeing. Be a supporter of this fab magazine from just £20 to keep it free for all.

 

Tips for supporting small businesses

Red Desk are not only champions of small local businesses but actual supporters too.  We provide affordable business support to small businesses, taking on tasks which get in the way of their core activities. We can be brought in to help with specific administration projects or run your digital marketing for you.

If you are looking to market your small business then our two take away tips are:

  • Join your local Facebook groups and post offers or events in there
  • Set up an Instagram account. This is the future of online marketing activity of small businesses.

 

If you’d like to discuss anything in this article then please get in touch; mel@reddesk.co.uk

 

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