Small Business Saturday is this Saturday 5 December 2015

Published: Thursday, 3rd December 2015

Shoppers will be able to support independent retailers and take advantage of 10 per cent discounts this Saturday 5 December 2015.

Small Business Saturday will see at least 20 independent retailers – ranging from clothing and gift stores, to whole foods shops and restaurants – taking part.

Many of the retailers will be offering 10 per cent discounts on the day.

Parking will also be free at all Park and Ride sites around Oxford – both those run by Oxford City Council and by Oxfordshire County Council – on the day.

Small Business Saturday is a national campaign to highlight the important role played by small businesses in the local and national economy; the Oxford initiative will help to encourage consumers to support small shops and to shop locally.

The small businesses taking part include:

  • Podarok, High Street
  • Organic Deli Cafe & Wholefoods Store, Friars Entry
  • Heroes Café, Ship Street
  • Rainbow and Spoon Boutique, Park End St
  • Nosebag Restaurant, St Michael's St
  • Fresh Oxford Fresh Clothing, The Covered Market
  • Gilt & Grain, Hollow Way
  • Happy Cakes UK Limited, Century Row 
  • Collectors Company, Covered Market
  • Shot at an Angle
  • Kinship of Oxford
  • Independent Oxford
  • Oxford Castle Unlocked, Oxford Castle
  • Dosa Park, Park End Street
  • La Croissanterie, Park End St
  • Ansari Boutique, Clarendon Centre
  • Burrow and Hare, The Covered Market
  • Amy Surman Oxford Bead Shop, Wilkins Road
  • Jimbob’s Baguettes, Magdalen St
  • Shanghai 30s, St Aldate’s

SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) account for 60 per cent of employment in the country and generated 2.1m new jobs between 2011 and 2014.

The number of SMEs is increasing in Oxford. The city had 238.3 SMEs per 10,000 population in 2014, a 4.2 per cent rise from 2011. There were also 41.7 business starts per 10,000 population in 2013, a 6.7 per cent rise from 2011.

Councillor Bob Price, Leader of Oxford City Council, said: “Small businesses are the lifeblood of Oxford’s economy, and it’s incredibly important that we support them.

“Small Business Saturday is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the variety and dynamism of the small businesses in the city – as well as a chance to grab a bargain in the run up to Christmas.

“The City Council recognises the importance of small businesses to the future of Oxford’s economy, and we are doing all we can to meet the urgent need for commercial space.

“We are working hard on plans to develop the West End and Oxpens, as well as the Northern Gateway and Churchill sites, with a view to meeting this growing demand for employment space in the city.”

Councillor Ian Hudspeth, Leader of Oxfordshire County Council said: “We know how important small businesses are to our local economy and wanted to recognise the value that they bring to the county.

“We hope by offering free parking at our park and ride sites on Small Business Saturday, it will deliver a boost to small and independent retailers.

“With just a few days to go until Saturday 5 December, I would encourage everyone to show their support for small firms in Oxford and across the county who are working hard to rebuild our local economy.”

For information about the national campaign, visit the Small Business Saturday website.