Day to celebrate individuality that makes city special

November 04 2017
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DOZENS of businesses in Wells will be hoping for an extra influx of customers on Small Business Saturday, which takes place on Saturday, December 2.

Small Business Saturday is a nationwide campaign that aims to support, inspire and promote the UK’s 5.5 million small businesses, and is this year celebrating its fifth anniversary.

Blue balloons will be decorating small business premises in Wells on the day, and street entertainment in the city centre is also being planned.

Wells Chamber of Commerce chairman Robert Powell said: “We are lucky to have a large number of small businesses in Wells. Small Business Saturday is an opportunity to celebrate the individual spirit they bring.”

Wells MP James Heappey is a keen backer of the campaign. He said: “Small businesses are the absolute bedrock of the Somerset economy and we should all do our best to support them all year round.

“But with Christmas coming, why not make a point of visiting some small businesses near you on Small Business Saturday?”

Last year saw £717 million spent with small businesses across the UK on Small Business Saturday, up 15 per cent on the previous year.

The campaign trended at number one in the UK on Twitter on the day with more than 130,000 campaign-related tweets being sent, reaching over 140 million people globally.

Meanwhile, Wells Cathedral School sixth-form students Ben Webb and Olivier Lefevre have been working on a website to help promote local retailers as part of their Duke of Edinburgh award.

It was due to go live at the end of October: wellshighstreet.com