Shop local and support small businesses will be the message this weekend in Corby when the town supports the UK’s first ever Small Business Saturday.
Corby Council, town centre owners Helical Bar, Young Enterprise, RS Components, Electric Corby, the town’s enterprise centre, The Prince’s Trust and Enterprise4Corby will be setting up in Queens Square on Saturday (December 7) to showcase some of what the borough’s smaller businesses have to offer.
Pop up market stalls will be offering shoppers unique goods from shabby chic furniture to handcrafted gifts and there will be the chance to win an electronic tablet donated by RS Components, a £100 voucher to spend at one of the stalls, donated by Corby town centre owners, or £100 off your next electricity bill, courtesy of Electric Corby.
Leader of Corby Council, Cllr Tom Beattie, said: “The town has a great mix of shops in the town centre, as well as the smaller, independent businesses like those in the Old Village. Saturday is all about celebrating this mix and reminding people to shop local this Christmas.”
As well as celebrating Small Business Saturday, a new business initiative will be launched to support start-up, existing and relocating businesses in Corby.
Under the heading Growing Corby, the Corby Business Growth Programme has been brought together by the borough council and other organisations with funding from the European Regional Development Fund.
From the start of 2014, businesses can access grant funding, market insight services, coaching to start-up and for growth, graduate internships and a host of other support to help grow their business.
Chief Executive of Corby Council, Norman Stronach, said: “As well as celebrating and supporting Small Business Saturday we are delighted to be launching our on-going support for start-up and growing businesses in Corby, as well as an initiative to attract more growing businesses to the borough.”
Small businesses which will be taking part in Saturday’s event include Bluebell Bakery, Candylightful Sweetie Cart, Serendipity Cottage which offers a range of shabby chic furniture, Only Wood which specialises in handcrafted gifts from Poland, Dubbers Kiln, Air Spotters, Be Pampered at Home, Bejazzled Jars, The IT Guy and Special & Unique Gifts.
Young Enterprise Teams will include Naked No More from Brooke Weston Academy, selling handmade jewellery, and Signature from Corby Business Academy, offering personalised face cloths made to order.