Residents in Northumberland are being encouraged to shop locally this Saturday as a small-business campaign is taken up by Alnwick traders.
The first Small Business Saturday UK takes place this weekend and Alnwick businesses are getting into the spirit, with many offering special discounts to tempt in the shoppers.
And Carlo Biagioni, chairman of Alnwick Chamber of Trade, is calling on the people of Alnwick and surrounding areas to support small businesses.
“We worry about the transformation of local high streets into ‘mono-street’ – the disappearance of small independent shops which, as well as adding character and colour to our thoroughfares, are part of the glue that binds communities,” he said. “So this weekend, let’s raise three cheers to the entrepreneurs who turn their ideas into reality, providing us with the personal service we can’t get elsewhere, providing jobs in the process.”
A number of Alnwick traders will have special offers:
• Carlo’s, Market Street– free hot drink with any restaurant meal.
• Pringle’s, Market Place – 20 per cent off everything.
• Ray’s Menswear, Bondgate Within – 30 per cent off luxury tie slides.
• Bari Tea, Narrowgate – homemade soup & pot of Kenya Kambaa or Glendale tea for £5.
• Seasons, Narrowgate – 50 per cent off selected items.
• Northumbria Pets, Bondgate Within – starting a loyalty-card scheme.
• Granite Outdoors, Bondgate Within – sale now on.
• Proudlock’s House and Home, Market Street – 10 per cent off gifts, cookware and furnishings.
• Hobberlaw Plants, Broomhouse – 50 per cent off bulbs.
• The Emporium, Bondgate Without – glass of prosecco (continuing on Saturdays until Christmas).
• Prima Deli, Market Place – free gift with purchases over £20 plus free tasters throughout the day.
• TW Willcox, Market Street – special offers for one day only, see shop windows for details.
• Copperfields, Market Street, and The Lunchbox, Market Place – 15 per cent off all meals.
• Glendale Paints, Bondgate Within – special deals on all heating appliances.
• Marilyn & Melrose, Narrowgate – 10 per cent discount on Annie Sloan chalk paint plus mince pies and a raffle for a £45 Voyage Maison cushion.
l Alnwick Markets are also getting involved. For more details, see Page 35.