Businesses in South Tyneside are urging shoppers to support local traders this weekend for Small Business Saturday.
Residents and visitors to the borough are being encouraged to visit its wealth of independent stores when carrying out their festive shopping this Saturday.
The national initiative is being supported by South Tyneside Council and aims to support, inspire and promote family and online businesses, local shops, wholesalers and small manufactures – offering everything from food and drink to specialist products.
Susan Harris, the owner of ‘Knit n Purl’ in South Shields’ Market Place, which took part in the national initiative last year, said: “With all of the redevelopment going on in the town centre Small Business Saturday is a great way to highlight the range of stores that are here in the borough, and for people to show their support for local traders.
“It’s a great opportunity for people to pick up a festive deal as we have a whole new range of tinsel wool and Christmas patterns great for making a festive gift or soft toy.”
Jo-Anne Johnston, who recently opened up her store The Cake Place in Harton Village, said: “Small Business Saturday is a great way of highlighting all of the amazing local traders and is an opportunity for people to show their support for independent stores right on their doorstep.
“Supporting small businesses in your community can be an amazing boost to the local economy and the store owners.”
The council is running a ‘Free After 3’ Christmas parking initiative on Saturday.
Coun John Anglin, lead member for regeneration and economy, said: “Local traders offer something unique on the high street and only succeed with the backing of the community. “It is important that we support our independent traders by shopping local this Christmas.”