Kettering joins national campaign to support small businesses and traders

Shoppers are being encouraged to support local traders in Kettering on December 5.
Shoppers are being encouraged to support local traders in Kettering on December 5.

Kettering Council is encouraging shoppers to support their local town centre by backing Small Business Saturday for the third year running.

The national campaign aims to get people to shop local, particularly with small businesses and traders, on Saturday, December 5.

The return of the Teenage Market will see Kettering High Street come alive with a variety of stalls showcasing local teenage talent, produce and innovative ideas for all ages to enjoy.

Stalls and insurance are free for those aged 16 to 21 offering a platform for budding young entrepreneurs to try out a new business idea and sell creative products.

To help support the event, there will be free parking on the day in the council car parks in London Road, Municipal Offices, Queen Street, School Lane, Wadcroft and Commercial Road.

Shirley Plenderleith, head of public services at Kettering Council, said: “The council is fully behind this initiative to support local independent traders who are the lifeblood of our towns and villages in the borough.

“At this time of year it is even more important to highlight the offer of our local shops and encourage people to think local for their Christmas shopping.”

Cllr Lesley Thurland, Kettering Council’s portfolio holder for leisure and culture, said: “We are looking forward to showing people what it means to keep trade local, and highlighting the great things Kettering has to offer both to the local community and to visitors all year round.”