Saturday 5 December saw Small Business Saturday take over the high street and independent local businesses. There are over 5 million Small Businesses across the UK.
Many from the BA14 post code area took part with special offers and promotions to encourage consumers, and other businesses, to purchase goods and services from the local area, to support and boost the local economic community.
It has been said that for every £1 spent in a national chain only 40 pence is retained locally, whereas the same amount spent in an independent will mean 70 pence stays in the local economy.
On Saturday social media saw #SmallBizSatUK at the top of the trending list with over 25,000 tweets by lunch time alone.
The initiative has been running for several years, and each year gains momentum.
Each year 100 small businesses are selected to be in a group of ambassadors entitled the Small Biz 100. This year a Trowbridge Coffee Shop owner, Tracy Parker of Leykers Coffee Central was successful and has been instrumental in the Town Centre spreading the word in shops and via social media to champion the cause.
The Mayor visited Leykers Coffee Central with Trowbridge Chamber President Emma Roberts to congratulate Tracy and her team on their achievements and enthusiasm for Small Business Saturday. Tracy who is on the executive board of the Trowbridge Chamber of Commerce believes strongly in building a sense of community amongst the retailers of the Town, who could all benefit with profit through partnership with each other, and by embracing the Chamber of Commerce and the Town Team initiatives as well as national programmes like Small Business Saturday.
Pictured above from left to right: Tracy Parker – in blue apron, Emma Roberts, President of the Trowbridge Chamber of Commerce and Clr Roger Andrews, Mayor of Trowbridge