IF YOU’VE never paid much notice of the small local and independent businesses in and around your area, tomorrow will provide you with the perfect opportunity to do so.

Small Business Saturday is part of a campaign which celebrates small business success and encourages consumers to shop local and support businesses in their communities. Now in its sixth year, Small Business Saturday is the UK’s most successful small business campaign, and last year saw an estimated £748m spent with small businesses across the UK on that one day alone.

Supporting local traders is vitally important, whether they operate out of a one-man shop in the high street, a farm shop, a stall at a local market, or even online. By buying from a local business, you are not only supporting the business owner, but your town as a whole, say experts, who believe that every £1 spent locally is reinvested ten times over.

This money goes not only to the person who owns the business you shop at, but also to the people they buy their stock from, and these suppliers are very often local too. Many restaurants and pubs also make a point of using locally-sourced ingredients, so, by spending your money anywhere from a local coffee shop to a fine dining restaurant, you’re supporting a much longer chain of local businesses than you might imagine.

Flair Blinds

Explore and discover beautiful blinds that are perfect for every room. Flair Blinds have been designed to the highest possible standard, boasting stunning designs, elegant finishes and the finest fabrics.

Whether you're looking for roller blinds, vertical blinds, roman blinds, or wood blinds, through to metal Venetian blinds, pleated blinds, or skylight blinds, you’ll fantastic selection of high-quality product ranges that will allow you to maximise privacy and control how much light is able to filter into your home.

6 Front St, Chester-le-Street, Chester le Street, DH3 3BE

Tel: 0191 388 8881

Durham Fine Furniture

If you’re looking for a great range of furniture, then Durham Fine Furniture is the place to go.

Whatever your requirements, Durham Fine furniture has a great selection of living, dining, bedroom or occasional furniture – everything enable you to create your perfect environment.

The showroom provides a selection that will satisfy most tastes and budgets, and their friendly, helpful and professional team will answer all your questions and help you make the right choices.

Front St, Sherburn Hill, Durham, DH6 1PA

Tel: 0191 372 1266

Robin Finnegan Jewellers

For all types of militaria including military jewellery, blazer badges, ties, scarves, full-size and miniature medals, cap badges and buttons supplied by us for most regiments and units of the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force, plus many commonwealth items. Most miniature and replica full-size medals are available.
Robin Finnegan Jewellers also buy and sell new, antique and secondhand jewellery, coins and military items, and undertake medal mounting, full size and miniature, in court and swing style, in the correct order of wearing.

For the full catalogue please contact:

Tel: 01325 489820

Email: diamondmerchants@btopenworld.com

Bambridge Brothers

Bambridge Brothers is a small, select team of craftsman who take pride in designing and crafting headstones for Darlington and the surrounding areas. For more than 100 years, they have developed skills and techniques to bring the latest technological advances to a traditional trade, ensuring that customers get a high-quality, value for money, professional service.

Call in to discuss your requirements with one of the dedicated memorial masons.

223 Northgate, Darlington, DL1 1UF

Tel: 01325 463773
Email: memorials223@hotmail.co.uk


Cake Toppers

Cake Toppers in Redcar create unique cakes for all forms of celebrations and special occasion. They provide a personal, friendly and professional service, from initial consultation to the collection or delivery of your cake. Working closely with each customer to design the perfect cake, each creation is made with the greatest care and attention to detail. 

A new, small, seated eating area in the shop offers a range of hot beverages to complement the wide choice of mouth-watering cakes, flans and tarts.


Tel: 01642 510069

Ultimate Windows

Established in 1988, Ultimate Windows continues a strong tradition of creating products of the highest quality.

The professional Ultimate service includes expert advice on choosing the right products for your home, with every job surveyed by the technical surveyor, ensuring you receive the highest levels of care from start to finish. Highly-skilled installers will carry out the work quickly and skilfully, with the minimum of disturbance and fuss.


Tel: 0800 253 672

Email: enquiries@ultimatewindows.co.uk

Nickery Nook

At Nickery Nook you’ll find the perfect gift for everyone. From super-soft Jellycat bunnies and heirloom Orange Tree wooden toys for kids, to witty t-shirts, socks and underwear for dad. Spoil mum with luxurious treats from Yankee Candle, the Cocoa Bean Company, or Bomb Cosmetics.

Why not make something unique with our Creation Express machine? Mugs, cards, cushions, and more, printed in store in minutes using your own photographs.

Whatever the occasion, we have a huge range of cards, including a selection of pop-up, 3D and music-box cards.

Nickery Nook, 33 Market Place, Bedale, DL8 1EF

Tel: 01677 425848