Shropshire businesses are being urged to cash in on an annual campaign to promote smaller businesses that will take place on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
The Marches Growth Hub said Small Business Saturday, which is being held on December 3, is a chance for the county’s independent retailers to promote themselves.
To support them, teams from the Marches Growth Hub will be in Shrewsbury and Oakengates on Small Business Saturday, raising awareness of the services it offers to all businesses.
Advisors from Marches Growth Hub Shropshire will be in The Square, Shrewsbury, from 10am to 2pm. Visitors to the hub’s stand can take part in a free prize draw to win a Mini for the weekend.
The Marches Growth Hub Telford & Wrekin has joined the partnership behind the Oakengates Celebration of Christmas, which is being held in conjunction with Small Business Saturday.
The annual celebration, which kicks off in Limes Walk and Market Square from 9am, will include a stand from the Marches Growth Hub Telford & Wrekin where people will be able to try virtual reality headsets developed by Telford company, Woote.
The Marches Growth Hub provides a single point of access to business support information in the region through an online portal and dedicated phone line. There are also physical hubs at the Shropshire Food Enterprise Centre in Battlefield, Shrewsbury, and the University of Wolverhampton’s Telford Innovation Campus.
Amy Farley, of Marches Growth Hub Shropshire, said: "Shropshire has a thriving independent sector when it come to retail and Small Business Saturday is an ideal opportunity to shout about their successes.
"The first Saturday in December will be one of the busiest shopping days of the year as people gear up for Christmas so what better time to promote your business? We’re urging all retailers to support Small Business Saturday this year!
"Marches Growth Hub teams will be on hand in Shrewsbury and Oakengates for businesses of all types, not just retailers, to find out how they can access funding, support and advice for their organisation."
For more information, go to www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com