Call to support Heanor Ripley and Alfreton town centres this weekend on Small Business Saturday


Council leaders are urging residents to keep their spend close to home during a national day of support for local retailers.

The first ever Small Business Saturday takes place this Saturday, December 7, traditionally one of the busiest shopping days in the run up to Christmas.

It is the brainchild of MP Chuka Umunna, based on a similar initiative in America, and has support from all major political parties.

Councillor Joan Dixon, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy and Transport, said: “Small, independent traders are the heartbeat of the Derbyshire economy and Small Business Saturday is a great way of turning the spotlight on the service they provide.

“I’ll be doing my bit and encourage others to join in and make a special effort to spend locally. This isn’t just about backing local butchers, bakers, clothes shops and market traders, it’s also an opportunity to seek out a local plumber, electrician or handyman.

“Our Trusted Trader directory lists over 1,300 tradesmen across 80 different trades to make it easy for people to find a reputable operator.

“We’re fortunate in Derbyshire to have some brilliant local retailers and tradesmen and this is a great opportunity to celebrate that and boost the local economy at the same time.”

For more information about Small Business Saturday visit:

To find a Derbyshire Trusted Trader visit