Small Business Saturday, supported by Belfast Chamber of Trade and Commerce, will give visitors the opportunity to sample Belfast’s lasting and unique shopping heritage.
Such as, a family-run, city centre sports store, selling niche brands for three generations.
Or an extensive music store established over 100 years ago, selling everything from original sheet music to hand-made guitars.
And even a specialist food store, opened during the rein of Queen Victoria, which served seafood, poultry, game, cheese and fine foods to the Titanic drawing offices and Royalty.
The city’s independent stores are an integral part of the rich tapestry of Belfast which sets us apart from any in the UK.
The President of Belfast Chamber of Trade & Commerce today led a selection of Belfast independent shop owners who joined forces in support of the UK-wide initiative.
Small Business Saturday takes place on Saturday 6th December. Speaking at the launch, Paul McMahon said: “Belfast Chamber of Trade and Commerce is proud to support Small Business Saturday.
“We have dozens of independent shops in our city, which should be celebrated and rewarded for providing such a unique shopping offering.
“Visitors to Belfast are encouraged to get involved and support the initiative, by taking the time to visit the many stores which are located throughout the city.”
Jonathan Moore is from SS Moores. It’s the city’s only independent sports store and was opened in 1952 by his grandfather. He said: “The success of the retail heart of any city depends on having the right mix of retail stores.
“I firmly believe that a family run/independent store, run correctly, offers a more unique experience in terms of product mix, product knowledge and customer service/experience.
Jonathan concluded, “Our business is run by sports enthusiasts with a huge knowledge of sport who are involved in playing and managing teams at all levels. This aligned with our experience in the retail trade, enables us to provide a complete and dedicated reliable service with total satisfaction.”
Chris Suitor, from Suitor Men’s Wear which offers a leading, made-to-measure service is proud to run the store which his father launched in 1992, he said: “Small Business Saturday is a very worthwhile initiative, and judging by last years response, we have every hope that this year is going to be even better.
“The exposure that independent retail stores attain from the initiative is invaluable and we hope that everyone will get behind the day and support us all in the independent sector.
The Lord Mayor, Councillor Nichola Mallon, who also attended the launch event said:
“The number of small independent businesses operating in Belfast continues to grow.
Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity to support them and celebrate the unique contribution they make to our local economy.”
For further information on Belfast’s Small Business Saturday visit www.belfastchamber.com.