Shop small and make a big difference this Small Business Saturday  

Friday 25 November 2022

Small Business Saturday is celebrated annually on the first Saturday of December and this year it’s the 3rd of the month.

This is a timely reminder to shop local as thousands of independent traders offer up their best buys and services. Previous events have seen more than £1 billion pumped into the UK economy – that doesn’t just mean treats for shoppers, it means job security and more employment opportunities for local people working in the sector too.  

Councillor Denise Hyland, Interim Cabinet Member for Inclusive Economy, Business and Skills, said:

“Small Businesses Saturday is a great opportunity to celebrate and show our support for our amazing small business community. As they face growing economic challenges over the winter, it is more vital than ever that we get behind these businesses and shop local. Plus, shopping at your local shop, restaurant, café, pub or markets pumps money into the local economy.   Don’t forget to show your appreciation for your favourite small trader - whether it's your local shoe repair shop, florist, gift shop or bakery. And remember to use your Greenwich One Card for special discounts from participating businesses too.”   

Join the conversation   

Take a picture with your favourite small business and share them with us on social media at @Royal_Greenwich using the hashtags #ShopLocalRBG and #SmallBizSatUK, and we'll share your post.   

How can my business get involved?   

Whether you are a family business, local shop, online business, wholesaler, business service or small manufacturer, you can get involved in Small Business Saturday.   

  • Get in touch with our Business Engagement team via If you are hosting a special event or offer on the day, we would love to promote it.    

  • Download the free marketing pack for Small Business Saturday assets to share on social media or print and display in your shop window to show your participation 

  • You can also register your business as part of the Small Business Saturday campaign here.   

  • Post on social media and make sure you share your pictures and thoughts with us at @Royal_Greenwich using the hashtags #ShopLocalRBG and #SmallBizSatUK 

Greenwich One Card   

Greenwich One Card membership gives access to a wide range of discounts on products and services at participating local businesses.   

 Ahead of Small Business Saturday, and with Christmas on the way, we have rounded up some fantastic independent business offers for you to tap into. Discover all offers.  

The discounts scheme, combined with your library and leisure centre card, is brought to you by the Council working with GLL – Better. Anyone who lives, works or studies in the borough can sign up for a One Card.    


Enjoy Local   

Discover a new website which encourages residents and visitors to enjoy all the businesses that Royal Greenwich has to offer, developed in partnership with Visit Greenwich. Turn on your location settings to let it suggest all the best shops to enjoy nearby.   

Businesses can easily feature on the website for free by filling out this quick form.   

Best of Royal Greenwich Awards 2022 small business winners   

Many of the Best of Royal Greenwich Business Awards winners this year were fantastic, small independent businesses, and Small Business Saturday gives us an opportunity to celebrate them again. Award-winners included delicious foodie businesses you can visit around the borough, such as bubble tea heaven Boba & Co., welcoming café Brothers Bakery, quirky cocktail bar on wheels Bonnie & Rose Bar and vegan fudge emporium The Fudge Patch.     

Other small business winners included Besbike, which turns your push-bike into an e-bike, Cleaning Express, a cleaning business supporting Ukrainian refugees, music education platform Melodic Decoder, 3-D printer Champion 3D, children’s first aid trainer Help Save Lives and supported living specialist Compass Supported Living, reflecting the huge variety of businesses in our borough.    

See all the winners