Kate writes a bi-weekly column for the Uttoxeter Echo. This column was originally featured in the 8th December print edition.
Getting a unique gift, buying an exceptional food product or going out for a meal with a friend. Whenever we look for something a little bit special and different where do we look to?
Often, we look local. A local independent business, shop or restaurant to cater for our request and to provide that high level of service and that particular something which cannot be found elsewhere.
Last Saturday (4th December) was Small Business Saturday, an annual event to promote the grassroots of British business and to encourage consumers to ‘shop local’. According to estimates, £1.1 billion was spent with small businesses across the UK on last year’s Small Business Saturday. And that was just one day. Across the span of a year, literally billions will be spent in small businesses and High Streets, cementing their important role in both our national and local economies.
However, our small businesses have had a tough period with the coronavirus pandemic and Christmas will be a much-needed boost to help them as they recover and build back after such a difficult time.
In Burton and Uttoxeter, as I see each week from visits I undertake, we have some incredible and one-of-a-kind small businesses. From farm shops selling Staffordshire grown produce to superb restaurants offing culinary delights, our area has a lot to offer. It is another reminder of the brand appeal that Global Burton and Uttoxeter has with success stories of local businesses in our area exporting all over the word.
In the run up to Christmas, please show your support for our local businesses, shops, cafes and restaurants. They are part of our community and make each High Street unique, so please shop local!