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Residents Encouraged To Love Local on Small Business Saturday

Mid Ulster District Council is once again encouraging residents to give a big thank you to local businesses by stepping out on this year’s Small Business Saturday, 4th December, to support our local businesses in their time of need, and show how much we love our local traders. 

Part of a national campaign Small Business Saturday aims to encourage people to support local traders and businesses by looking at what’s on their doorsteps before opting to travel to major towns and cities or go online.
Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Paul McLean supporting Small Business Saturday this year said;

“The growth of online shopping, the popularity of Black Friday online promotions by big-box retailers and the effects of the pandemic have meant that the past 20 months have been incredibly challenging for our local businesses.  In Mid Ulster, we have a large number of high quality, locally owned, independent retailers and businesses, across a wide variety of sectors, all who are ready right now to welcome shoppers safely. 

“At this time of year especially and on every day during the year, it is important for us all to support our local businesses. The majority of money spent in small businesses stays in the local economy. Small Business Saturday reminds us all to ‘shop local’ and support the fantastic independent shops and businesses that connect our communities.” 

Small Business Saturday also marks the start of a number of initiatives by Mid Ulster District Council to encourage shoppers to visit the town centres in Cookstown, Dungannon, Magherafelt, Maghera and Coalisland. Families can follow an interactive trail through each town centre, stopping in at shops along the way to collect clues, and if you solve all the clues, receive a special message from Santa at the end. 

Entertainment on offer includes pop-up panto and street theatre, and Christmas carols and music, all happening between 12pm – 3pm each Saturday from the 4 to 18 December in each of the five town centres. 

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