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Plea to support Lincoln traders during Small Business Saturday

By PWhitelam_LE  |  Posted: December 04, 2013

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People are encouraged to discover something new this weekend in support of Small Business Saturday.

This is the first UK event of its kind, taking place on December 7, and is a day to celebrate and support small businesses recognising all they do for their communities.

City of Lincoln Council wishes to encourage residents to shop locally and also to try out a shop they haven’t been in before.

Halina Davies, the council’s economic development manager, said: “This is a great opportunity to try something new and see what’s available on your doorstep. Small independent businesses play an important role in our communities, and they are especially vital in a strong visitor based economy like Lincoln’s.”

“Although Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity to raise their profile, we should aim to make shopping locally ‘business as usual’ all year round.”

Meanwhile, Lincoln MP Karl McCartney has welcomed news that 27 Start-Up Loans have been accepted in Lincoln worth £90,800.

He said: “With Small Business Saturday on the horizon, I am pleased to welcome these new 27 entrepreneurs and I wish them the best of success with their ideas.

“Our economy relies on small and medium sized businesses - their innovation, employment, income generation and contribution provides the backbone of prosperity for our nation.

“This weekend is already a highlight in Lincoln’s small business calendar in that the Christmas Market sees opportunities for many entrepreneurs and both small and medium sized businesses in our city to ensure that they enjoy a sharp increase in trade and business leading up to Christmas and into the New Year. ”

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  • InsideStory  |  December 05 2013, 6:46PM

    @ camelherder Bailgate has got to look good with the amount of resources that is thrown at it regarding street cleaning etc the only other part of Lincoln that is kept clean is the large shopping areas where the visitors see and anything where they cant see they dont bother with .Council contractors were running around like headless chickens last week around the tourist trail and the Christmas market area in readiness for the big event . What the eye cant see the heart dont grieve .

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  • camelherder  |  December 05 2013, 6:44AM

    Bailgate, Bailgate why is it that whenever independent shops are mentioned we only see or get references to the Bailgate. Yes it looks good but come on if you want to support the independent trader there are plenty of others throughout the city.

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  • Lincoln_Fan  |  December 04 2013, 8:15PM

    Makes me chuckle that (I don't know if it's the same on everyone's viewing device) but when I hover my cursor over the green add links, four are for Dell and one for Epson. Both giant multinationals. The irony!

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  • InsideStory  |  December 04 2013, 7:14PM

    "Plea to support Lincoln traders" That's a laugh for a start when one of the country's biggest monopoly's has been contracted to supply transport for the Christmas market .

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  • InsideStory  |  December 04 2013, 6:11PM

    Where ever you go in Lincoln students get discount while ordinary shoppers do not ,don't retailers know people are finding it hard to make ends meet so wouldn't it be sensible to give everyone the same discount to drum up trade .If retailers dont then the only alternative is to get product off the net where they come at discounted prices losing trade for local retailers I personally wont buy anything from a retailer who wont give me the same discount as students i go elsewhere on principle .

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