Indie Stationery Supplies Selected For Small Biz 100 Campaign

Retas’ finalist, independent retailer Stationery Supplies in Marple and Wilmslow has been selected as one of the Small Biz 100 stars, as part of the build-up campaign to Small Business Saturday, which this year falls on Saturday 4 December.

Above: An estimated £1.1 billion was spent with small businesses in last year’s record-breaking Small Business Saturday.
Above: An estimated £1.1 billion was spent with small businesses in last year’s record-breaking Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to support them.

“Throughout the crisis we have been reminded of the special role that small firms play in local areas, looking after their customers, communities and the planet,” commented Michelle Ovens CBE, director of Small Business Saturday UK. “We are excited to be kicking off this year’s campaign to show our thanks to amazing small businesses like Stationery Supplies. As firms recover from the challenges of the pandemic we are calling upon everyone to get behind the campaign to make it our most impactful Small Business Saturday yet.”

Above: Stationery Supplies in Marple and Wilmslow deliver for their local communities.
Above: Stationery Supplies in Marple and Wilmslow deliver for their local communities.

In the countdown to Small Business Saturday some 100 small businesses are highlighted, one a day leading up to Small Business Saturday 2021 – and independent retail business owned by Sarah Laker was selected to be the focus of this coming Friday’s activity (September 3).

“I’m super chuffed,” Sarah told PG Buzz having just been informed that her business was to star in this year’s campaign. “To celebrate our #SmallBiz100 day and to thank our customers for their support during the pandemic we’ll have chocolates and a lucky dip of free gifts for all customers spending over £5 in both our shops. Gifts have been generously donated by Dandelion Cards, Premier Stationery, Zebra Pens and Legami – I have a lot of wrapping to do!” she added.

Above: Sarah Laker at PG Live on the Brainbox Candy stand with the publisher’s co-owner Mark Williams.
Above: Sarah Laker at PG Live on the Brainbox Candy stand with the publisher’s co-owner Mark Williams.

For the last eight years, the Small Buzz 100 have not only received exposure on Small Business Saturday’s social media channels and in the local and national press, but also joined the Small Business Saturday team in London at receptions in Downing Street, House of Lords and the Treasury Drum with the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Sarah has a busy few days ahead of her as next Monday (September 6) she will be participating in a panel discussion on the main stage at the Autumn Fair at the NEC (4pm-5pm), entitled, ‘Bringing together a community’, which promises take away practical lessons in creating a community out of a retailer’s consumers.

To register for Autumn Fair and find out more, head to the website.

Above: Sarah will be joined on the main stage at the NEC next Monday by Georgina Hustler-Sutton, owner of Antique Rose/Maison Rustic.
Above: Sarah will be joined on the main stage at the NEC next Monday by Georgina Hustler-Sutton, owner of Antique Rose/Maison Rustic.

The session is being hosted by Nicole Higgins, founder of The Buyer and Retail Coach with Sarah’s fellow panellists including Georgina Hustler-Sutton, owner of Wokingham’s Antique Rose/Maison Rustic shops and Polly Donger of Margate-based Little Bit.

Above: Margate’s Little Bit instigated 100 Little Happys campaign to cheer up the community.
Above: Margate’s Little Bit instigated 100 Little Happys campaign to cheer up the community.

Top: Sarah Laker’s Stationery Supplies business is highlighted in the Small Biz 100 campaign this Friday (Sept 3).

 

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