Tameside shoppers are urged to do their bit and shop locally in the lead up to Christmas this year and support ‘Small Business Saturday’ on December 5.
Now in its eighth year in the UK, Small Business Saturday is a campaign to support and promote local businesses, and it’s a fantastic cause to help get small businesses back on their feet after lockdown ends on 2 December.
Christmas is fast approaching and as the borough gears up for an unusual festive season, staying local for Christmas shopping is a great COVID-19 safe option this year – limiting travel, and supporting businesses who have been fantastic in following government guidance and introducing measures such as customer limits, deep cleaning, and hand sanitising stations – to protect everyone.
Tameside shop owners and staff have been local heroes during the pandemic, providing relief for residents in their time of need and offering new services including market stalls providing home delivery so shoppers still had local access to food and other items.
This means it’s more important now than ever to give something back, help local high streets and support the local Tameside economy.
Lots of local grocery stores continue to be open for business offering delivery and collection options for customers for those who are less comfortable browsing.
Businesses offering this service are listed here: www.tameside.gov.uk/coronavirus/groceries
As part of Small Business Saturday Tameside Markets will be be sharing trader profiles on their social media pages. Residents can head to the Markets Twitter: www.twitter.com/TamesideMarkets for great ideas on where to buy local goods this December.
Cllr Oliver Ryan, Tameside Council Executive Member for Finance and Economic Growth, said: “We can’t thank our small businesses enough for the incredible way in which they have adapted to tough challenges this year, and strived to help us all in our hours of need.”
“It’s time for us to give something back. The impact you could make by shopping local this Small Business Saturday and throughout the festive period is huge – if we all make a small change and support local town centres, it could make all the difference to our brilliant Tameside small businesses.”
Residents are reminded to follow COVID-19 guidance when shopping – wearing a face covering, washing hands regularly or using hand sanitiser when on the go, and keeping a safe distance to protect each other.