Shop Local Saturday: A call to action

Following the success of last year’s Shop Local Saturday campaign we are calling on local businesses all over the country to make this year’s event bigger and better by working together to put on events and promotions for 6th Dec, as well as working with local news outlets to publicise the day.

Local businesses are a crucial part of our communities bringing variation and vitality to our town centres and high streets, keeping money circulating in local economies and maintaining a sense of community. In order to survive against the chains local businesses are increasingly finding they need to work together, putting aside the natural urge to compete. When businesses work together everyone benefits, the businesses themselves as well as the communities they serve.

Businesses can find out how to participate on our Get Involved page.

Members of the public, as well as shopping locally on the day can also get involved by posting a photo of themselves holding our poster on social media using the #SLSelfie hashtag or putting the sign up in their window.

Shop Local Saturday is part of a year round campaign to encourage people to vote with their wallets and “Shop Local”.


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7th Dec campaigns hailed a success

Following our Shop Local Saturday campaign and the American Express sponsored Small Business Saturday which both encouraged people to use local businesses on 7th Dec, several news outlets are reporting that shoppers spent around £450m with independent businesses on the day. We’d like to thank all the businesses and shoppers who took part, you’ve done yourselves proud! While we count this as a success the Shop Local campaign is not just about one day of the year. We have big plans for the coming 12 months, so as they say “watch this space” and we’ll announce more details as soon as we can.

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Chichester coffee shop offer “suspended coffee”

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Newport: The first #ShopLocalSaturday city

Thanks to the hard work of Chris Evans from Voice Magazine we now have our first city taking part in Shop Local Saturday on 7th Dec. With Newport Bus displaying posters for the day, local paper South Wales Argus running a feature and the support of Newport Council it looks set to be a great day for local shops in Newport.



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