Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday. It’s a campaign to support, inspire and promote small businesses. It’s held on the first Saturday in December every year. It encourages shoppers to “shop local” and it highlights the benefits of small businesses to local communities.
So what are the benefits of using small businesses, over big corporations? Here’s just four of the reasons we support them.
- Well, for a start off, that old myth of big companies providing choice just isn’t true. If you want something really different, or unusual, or unique, you have to shop small.
- Then there’s the customer service. Excellent customer service is the life blood of small businesses. They can respond to customer requests much more flexibly, and it’s all very hands on. We often know our customers face to face.
- Did you know that the majority of firms in the UK are actually small businesses? Two thirds of private sector jobs are with small businesses.
- Small businesses are more likely to contribute to the local community. With big corporations, the profit goes to shareholders. Goodness knows who or where they are. In a small business, the money stays local. The wealth gets spent locally. For every £1 spent with a local small business, 70p stays in the local economy.
Our Favourite Small Businesses
As a small business ourselves, we thought we’d share some of our favourite small businesses. They’re all Yorkshire based, some of them in DYP’s home town of Otley.
The Art Works A picture framers based in Otley near to Leeds. Specialising in custom framing services for over 15 years, they have a reputation for delivering a premium service at competitive prices. Brilliant guys, exceptional quality and customer service, can’t recommend them enough.
Halo Hair Design A fantastic hair salon, which also offers manicures, in the centre of Otley, near Leeds. It’s where we get our DYP hairdo’s !
Myroo Skincare The UK’s first totally free-from skincare brand. The award-winning products are now even stocked in John Lewis! Everything is natural, organic and vegan. All products are free from nuts, gluten and dairy. They also have fragrance free versions of every product. They’re based in Harrogate, and the products are gorgeous.
Serenity Gifts A family business, Serenity Gifts specialize in scented candles. They are proud to be Official stockists of the popular American Yankee Candles, and Candleberry Candles. They have gone from tiny Facebook store to a thriving company with its own premises.
Bow Baskets A gift company specialize in luxury hampers and corporate gifts. They produce beautiful, high quality gift hampers and packages, as corporate gifts and for individuals. The business has gone from strength to strength with big corporate clients as loyal customers.