Shop Local On Small Business Saturday Chiswick

Santa will be arriving on a Red Routemaster bus

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Santa can be seen 'shopping' in Chiswick tomorrow arriving on a Red Routemaster bus, as local traders get ready to welcome customers on Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday is in its second year and is an initiative encouraging local shoppers to stay in their neighbourhood to support local traders.

Shop Local On Small Business Saturday Chiswick

Mike Moran of Top Hat will be holding his annual Thank You for his customers. Chiswick Pets (02087470715) also in Devonshire Road, has some dog food to donate and is hoping on Saturday to encourage generous customers to add to the pile of donations- food, collars, leads, beds, toys etc whatever they have no more use for or wish to donate to the dogs in shelters this Christmas.

Santa will be in Chiswick to track down his naughty elves who have disappeared from the North Pole. The elves will be arriving, along with the leader of the Council, Steve Curran, on a red routemaster bus arriving at approx 10am and staying until around noon, close to Turnham Green, near the Post Office).

Santa will spend the day visiting local shops, along with his trusty sidekick, whilst his band of elves interact with the public and encourage them to visit the participating shops where the kids can collect various stickers and then head to the Chiswick Pop Up at Club Workspace to do some free crafting,and storytelling

Watch out for Santa enjoying a game of pinball at Chief Coffee, perusing the art at The Capulet Gallery, having his beard smartened up at The Parlour, checking out Mike Moran's soiree at Top Hat, visiting the Chiswick Pop Up and other local spots.

Ruth Cadbury MP is running a competition for Small Business Saturday. She is asking residents to take a ‘selfie’ of themselves at a local business and tweet it to Ruth or post a picture on the Ruth Cadbury MP Facebook page.

Ruth will then choose from the best three ‘selfies’ and the constituent will win a prize. First place is tea and a tour of Parliament with Ruth, which the local business will be invited to attend. Second place is a bottle of wine and third place a box of chocolates. The competition is designed to get people talking about their favourite shops in the constituency and draw attention to great local businesses.

Ruth says ‘Small businesses are so valuable to our local economy. Town centres in Chiswick, Brentford, Isleworth, Osterley and Hounslow all have a range of small businesses set up and run by local people. From shoe repair shops to chocolate makers, these businesses do a brilliant job meeting residents’ demands and play an important role in the area’.

Small Business Saturday is an initiative first started in the U.S. to encourage people to support their local small, independent businesses at this time of year. It has the backing of the Prime Minister and all political parties.

The event is also aimed at creating a more long-term boost for local businesses and the communities they are in.

Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council said: “We encourage all residents and visitors to the borough on Saturday to celebrate and support the local shops and businesses and the part they play in the community.

“We want to make sure our local businesses are given the support they need to thrive as much as possible.  On this, the busiest shopping day in the run up to Christmas, there’s no better time to visit your local High Street and perhaps find something different for your gifts this year and show your support at the same time.”

For more information on Small Business Saturday visit Invest Hounslow's web site.

December 3, 2015

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