Eastwood and Kimberley: Small business Saturday hailed a success

Small Business Saturday in Eastwood town centre. Pictured is staff at Jack Wood Butchers
Small Business Saturday in Eastwood town centre. Pictured is staff at Jack Wood Butchers

An independent businesses event which saw fantastic offers at stores all along Eastwood high street has been declared a fantastic success by shop owners.

SThe national small Business Saturday scheme took over Eastwood last weekend with more than 10 shops advertising unique offers to encourage visitors to shop locally and discover new shops.

Offers ranged from in-store discounts and craft sessions to free goodie bags and hot drinks,

Carol Marks-Smith, owner of Not Just Crafty had been offering goodie bags throughout the day and said that it had been the busiest Saturday she had seen in a while.

She added: “We made some new customers and it was a very good day for us.

“Small businesses often get overlooked as big shops can afford to advertise in their own way.

“People now know where we are and it helped to promote Eastwood as a town too.”

Mike Heavey from Love Stationary next door also had a successful Saturday as they booked in some appointments to discuss wedding stationary designs with potential customers.

This was the second year his shop had joined the Small Business Saturday but explained that this year was bigger as more shops had got involved.

Mike said: “A lot of people were saying they didn’t know we were here, but after this event they do.”

Small Business Saturday is designed to raise the awareness of the shops available to people in their town, bring local small businesses together and help champion their vital role in local communities.