“Every card, sheet of wrapping paper, gift, print, book, cushion (the list is endless) purchased from your local indie shop, craft fair, design market, small online shop this season will contribute to a maker or business owners longevity, supporting their growth and stability for the year ahead. Whether it’s a little or a lot, show your support and together we can continue to make our high streets, towns and villages prosper.” Hattie Maud, Mauds House.
We’re a small independent business and we’ve had the pleasure of working with lots small businesses in Leeds and Yorkshire in 2017. When you’re an independent business your network of peeps is your lifeline and we’re grateful to have met and worked with some ace people doing their thing and doing it well.
Today is Black Friday and I’ve woken up to a stack of emails inviting me to search out the deal of the day. I’ve deleted them all and instead focused on reminding myself of all the national initiatives that champion shopping independent, small and local.
This Christmas, Holly & Co is spearheading a movement, #campaignshopsmall. It’s an initiative that celebrates the incredible small businesses in our communities. “As consumers, how we spend our money has the power to change so much. Every pound we spend casts a vote for the kind of world we want to live in; and in a world that’s speeding up, we’re campaigning to slow down. It’s time to place quality over quantity, handmade over manufactured”. Holly & Co, more…
Statistics show that for every £1 spent with a local, independent business, between 50p-70p circulates back into that local economy. In a small way, it’s possible to influence change in our communities.
The JUST A CARD campaign aims to encourage people to buy from Designer/Makers and Independent Galleries and Shops by reinforcing the message that all purchases, however small, even ‘just a card’ are so vital to the prosperity and survival of small businesses.
Today, Friday 24th November, Just a Card are hosting the #JACIndieFriday campaign, a celebration of all things colourful, passionate and independent. And the best thing is that all you have to do is make as much noise about your product and business as possible!
Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities.
The day itself takes place on the first Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses. In 2017 Small Business Saturday is on Saturday 2nd December. We’ll be in our pop-up workspace and shop that day. Say hello, have a play.