Small Business Saturday support for Northampton independents

Published: Friday, 24 November 2017

Northampton Borough Council is showing its support for independent traders by encouraging people to shop local this Small Business Saturday (2 December).

Now in its fifth year, Small Business Saturday is a national campaign which highlights the important contribution small businesses make to the UK’s economy.

To mark the event, the Borough Council is offering Northampton-based small business owners the opportunity to take part in a series of workshops and seminars. Three sessions will cover advice on becoming Dementia-friendly, promoting your business online and how to apply for a Borough Council Business Incentive Scheme grant.

On Small Business Saturday itself, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Councillor Jonathan Nunn, and members of the Borough Council Cabinet will be visiting independent traders throughout the town.  Their tour will take in around 20 of the independent businesses that have received one of the Borough Council’s Business Incentive Scheme grants during recent years.

Since the Business Incentive Scheme was launched in 2014, Northampton Borough Council has supported 133 businesses with grants totalling more than £1 million. This has resulted in the creation of 647 jobs and leveraged over £6.2 million in private sector investment – as well as filling empty units across the town and helping to create a vibrant local economy. During the current financial year, the Borough Council’s Business Incentive Scheme has supported 16 businesses.

Cllr Jonathan Nunn, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “In Northampton, we have really excellent small businesses run by passionate people who are making an enormous contribution to the local economy. From shops to professional services, we are eager to see more people choosing to set up business roots in Northampton.

“I am looking forward to going out and about to see how our grant scheme is directly helping small businesses, and to find out what more we can do to make Northampton as business-friendly as possible. I really hope shoppers follow our lead and choose to visit some of our independent traders while they are out doing their Christmas shopping too.”

And as on every Saturday, Northampton Borough Council is offering free parking all day on December 3 in all multi-storey car parks, to encourage shoppers to visit Northampton.

Small businesses can post their ideas and plans on the Small Business Saturday page on Facebook or follow the national Twitter campaign @SmallBizSatUK.

For more information about the seminars on offer to businesses, please contact [email protected].