Five ways to celebrate Small Business Saturday

Five ways to celebrate Small Business Saturday

Posted on: 04 Dec 2019

Did you know? There are nearly 18,000 small businesses in Bristol – that’s almost 98% of the city’s overall businesses! 


Restaurants, bars, shops, start-ups – Bristol is brimming with fantastic indies. There's no doubt about that. And so, we’re celebrating Small Business Saturday this weekend. 

On Saturday 7 December, the city will celebrate it's seventh Small Business Saturday: a day to recognise and support the small companies (comprised of up to 50 people) that contribute to the city's evident vibrancy and creativity. 


Here’s five ways you can celebrate in Bristol:


1. Visit The Arcade in Broadmead 

Located in the heart of Broadmead, The Arcade is a picturesque shopping quarter packed with independent, small businesses. 


From a specialist kids’ hair salon to sustainable fashion brands, an artisan coffee shop and nail bar, The Arcade is your one-stop-shop for Small Business Saturday celebrations. 


Last week, we met up with EK Hair to chat all-things hairdressing. See it here. 


2. Enjoy the final Made in Bristol Gift Fair at Colston Hall


The final Made in Bristol Gift Fair is happening inside Colston Hall’s Foyer this weekend.


Made in Bristol Gift run events, exhibitions and pop-up shops throughout the year to celebrate and promote the region’s best artistic talent.


 The pop-up Gift Fairs at the Foyer will see pop-up stalls filled with artisan gifts for purchase, family-friendly activities and entertainment.Made in Bristol Gift Fairs @ Colston Hall’s Foyer

3. Visit one of many Christmas markets


The Made in Bristol Gift Fair is not the only local-fuelled market happening this weekend. In fact, there are tonnes more to discover. So, why not go on a little Christmas market shopping spree?


From the Prince’s Trust Makers showcase inside St Nicholas Market to the Bristol Etsy Team’s winter pop-up at The Galleries, you can plan ahead by checking out our list of Bristol's Christmas Markets. 

Prince’s Trust South West Makers Market

4. Kick back at an independent eatery 


Restaurants, cafes, bars – Bristol’s nightlife and foodie culture is predominately an independent venture.


But with so many great places to discover, we’ve done the hard work for you. On our website, you’ll find guides to Bristol’s restaurants and cafes.


Want great coffee? Head here. Or, are you in the mood for a delicious brunch? And don't forget to check out our Bristol guides to burgers and curry, too.Wapping Wharf in Bristol

5. Visit Gloucester Road 


Did you know? The Gloucester Road Christmas street party is happening this week. But if you can’t make it to the mid-week soiree, celebrate Small Business Saturday the right way with a scroll down the infamous road. 


Said to be the longest road of independent shops in the U.K., there’s no doubt Gloucester Road is yet another small business hotspot.


You can discover just about everything down here; from bike shops to revered restaurants and gift emporiums. Find Co.LAB on Gloucester Road
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Kate Hutchison


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