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HELP US CELEBRATE SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY IN STYLE THIS YEAR
We are pulling out the stops in support of small businesses across West Northamptonshire as we approach this year's Small Business Saturday on December 4.
There are thousands of small businesses operating across the area, offering a vast range of products and services to meet most needs.
The first Small Business Saturday in the UK took place in 2013 and since then the event has gone from strength to strength, with 15.4 million people spending a record £1.1 billion on the day in 2020. More »
Retailers and hospitality firms are encouraged to create offers to bring more people through the door on the day and throughout the year.
We are here to promote local businesses including any events and offers for Small Business Saturday, so tag in @westnorthants on Facebook or Twitter and @West Northamptonshire Council on LinkedIn and use the #SmallBizSatUK hashtag.
WNC are also running a shopfront competition to help celebrate those independent businesses who go above and beyond to showcase their wares in the lead-up to Christmas. Winners will receive a novelty box of chocolates and a wealth of free publicity.
And we're inviting everyone from across West Northamptonshire to celebrate their favourite local businesses with our selfie competition. When taking a picture in Brackley, Daventry, Northampton and Towcester on 4 Dec, just tag in @westnorthants on Facebook or Twitter and @West Northamptonshire Council on LinkedIn for a chance to win a novelty box of chocolates.
Cllr Lizzy Bowen, West Northamptonshire Council Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Town Centre Regeneration and Growth, said: "Small Business Saturday is a great way to highlight what our small businesses do.
"There are some amazing independent retailers, family-owned restaurants, pubs and cafes, visitor attractions and activity centres across our area.
"And everyone running those businesses has access to a wide range of locally run support services like accountants, legal firms, cleaning companies, electricians, plumbers – the list goes on.
"There are so many ways we can all support our small businesses throughout the year, so please join us in the lead-up to this year's Small Business Saturday and take part in our activities."
To enter the shopfront competition, send your photos to email@example.com for a chance to win a novelty box of chocs to use in your marketing. There will be a prize each for Brackley, Daventry, Northampton and Towcester.
We offer wide-ranging support for businesses throughout the year including:
- Business growth
- Accessing funding
- Employment, skills and recruitment
- Help to start a new business
- A Business Toolbox packed with useful documents
Our councillors will be out and about on Small Business Saturday to chat with small business owners and find out what more support we can offer.
Posted: Tue, 23 Nov 2021 20:42 by Deputy Clerk
Residents and businesses are invited to join the West Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership in making a stand against gender-based abuse during 16 Days of Activism which runs from 25 November to 10 December.
This year, the partnership will host a virtual and face-to-face programme of activities to raise awareness of the world's most persistent violations of human rights – violence against women - and promote the local support services available to women and men who have experienced physical or sexual violence or domestic abuse. More »
Information, advice and guidance will be shared during the 16 days via West Northamptonshire Council's (WNC) Facebook and Twitter pages.
The campaign will start with a Reclaim the Night march organised by Northamptonshire Rape Crisis on 25 November at 6pm. The march will start from Barry Road Co-op and continue to All Saints Church, where a candlelit vigil, organised by Northampton Town Council and Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service, will take place from 7pm.
During the 16 days, the Community Safety Partnership will be distributing leaflets, posters and information baubles in venues, workplaces and retailers across West Northamptonshire. Businesses and taxi drivers will also be asked to place stickers in their windows, in support of the campaign.
In addition, the partnership will be holding several pop-up support stands, where agencies such as Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service, Eve, Voice, Serenity and Northamptonshire Rape Crisis will be on hand to provide advice and guidance.
These include a stand at The University of Northampton on Thursday 25 November from 10am – 2pm; The Metro Bank in Northampton on Monday 29 November from 10am – 2pm; Weston Favell Shopping Centre on Wednesday 1 December from 9.30am – 12.30pm and on Wednesday 8 December from 8.30am – 12.30pm and The Guildhall in Northampton on Monday 6 December from 10am – 2pm.
Cllr David Smith, WNC's Cabinet Member for community safety and engagement, and regulatory services, said: "Nobody should feel fear in their homes this is why our campaign this year aims not only to identify abusive behaviours but also to introduce to the public the many agencies that can help in all manner of situations. It is important that victims know how and where to get advice and support.
"Violence against women is not unavoidable; it's preventable. Together we can make a difference by supporting women and girl survivors of violence to stay safe and free of violence. Together we can make the world a safer place."
Detective Superintendent Richard Tompkins from Northamptonshire Police, said: "Domestic abuse is one of four priorities for Northamptonshire Police, so we are pleased to support a campaign which takes a stand against gender-based abuse.
"We hope that this campaign raises awareness of the very real issue that violence against women and girls is something that still happens every minute of every day.
"By supporting campaigns like this we hope to send a message that abuse in any form is completely unacceptable and something we actively work against.
"Our detectives in the Domestic Abuse Team are specially trained officers who have a passion for investigating this crime type and a real interest in reaching the best outcome for victims.
"It takes an immense amount of courage to leave an abusive relationship and this is something we never underestimate. If you are suffering in a relationship, please come forward and report it to us so we can help."
Report abuse by calling 101 or go online at www.northants.police.uk/RO, or in an emergency always call 999.
Find further advice and support online at https://www.northants.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/daa/domestic-abuse/.
To request copies of leaflets, posters, and information baubles, please email Forums.NBC@westnorthants.gov.uk.
Find out about the local support available at www.nadasa.co.uk/16-days-of-activism/
WNC Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/WestNorthants
Posted: Tue, 23 Nov 2021 20:39 by Deputy Clerk