Burton shoppers are being urged to pledge their support for town centre traders in the run-up to a national campaign day to support small businesses.
To mark Small Business Saturday, people can pledge to shop locally through social media as part of the Get Vocal About Local Burton promotion.
Get Vocal About Local Burton was launched by the county council to promote all that’s great about the town and encourage people to shop, eat and spend leisure time there.
People can pledge to shop locally by liking or sharing the Get Vocal and Local Burton Pledge on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the #GetvocalaboutlocalBurton hashtag. They will be entered into a prize draw for a Champagne breakfast for two at Alphabet Gift Shop or a spa day at Hoar Cross Hall. Posts will be shared with over 20,000 people and people should include a picture if possible.
This Saturday shoppers can discover great customer service and unique products at great prices at independent retailers. Burton’s Market Hall is where many are located. People can expect to find a broad range of products including rare model cars and trains, bespoke jewellery and one off vintage clothing, accessories and antiques.
Julie Stanley runs her business manufacturing bespoke jewellery at her unit in the market. She said:
I have lived and worked in burton for very long time. We are a manufacturing jeweller and can make anything or reconstruct your old jewellery.
The majority of our work is done in the workshop here so don’t need to send items off. We love our customers – they come in as customers and go out as friends. Everything we sell is unique – you won’t see these designs anywhere else. With an independent business you know you will get the personal touch. Small businesses can also create a community spirit in towns.”
Ant Walker runs Premier Mobility with his wife Debbie. He said:
We have been established for 11 years recently relocated back to market. We offer a wide range of mobility products from scooters to walkers. We have a good rapport with manufacturers meaning we get good deals and can offer competitive prices. Providing face to face service is important.”
Staffordshire County Council cabinet support member and local county councillor Philip White said:
We’re marking Small Business Saturday by encouraging more people to shop at independent retailers in Burton and sharing their experiences through Get Vocal About Local.
This is another opportunity for people to pledge their support for local businesses in Burton which play a vital part in our economy and contribute to a thriving town centre.
Our Get Vocal About Local campaign is spreading the message that Burton is open for business and has so much to offer. It’s so easy for people to get involved, support local traders and have a chance of winning some great prizes.”