VOG Council’s Lis Burnett on Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is a reminder of the importance of the micro and small businesses that are such a vital part of our communities. As well as an opportunity to shop nearby they provide valuable local employment.

They are not huge multi-national chains, they pay fair taxes and you won’t find them on every other street in the country just in ours………… and any money you spend with them is actually worth five times as much to the local economy as it is recycled over and over again among local shops and businesses.

The Vale of Glamorgan has a wide range of shopping experiences. From Cowbridge in the west which has historically been known as the Bond Street of Wales, to Penarth in the East where the range of cafes and eateries makes shopping a relaxing and enjoyable experience.

More recently High Street in Barry has been named in the top five shopping centres for the number of independent retailers and Llantwit Major provides an equally diverse shopping experience.

Small local businesses are always happy to provide information and advice. Local butchers such as Lush in Penarth or Marshalls or Hopkins in Barry are only too keen to provide cookery tips for their meat and there is always something new to try out in the Vale’s wide range of greengrocers and bakeries.

If you are looking for a special Christmas outfit you could find just what you’re looking for in Bryls in Barry’s High Street, Image, Queen B Boutique or Gingers in Penarth or any number of shops in Cowbridge or Llantwit Major.

Find more information about the benefits of shopping locally at Totally Locally. There are many other small businesses in the Vale and we’ll feature more of them very soon.

If every adult in the Vale spent £10 of their Christmas shopping spend in local independent stores that would immediately inject over £1million into the local economy. So for now while you’re preparing for a really special Christmas why not make theirs the most successful yet.