Gwynedd backs Small Business Saturday

Siân Gwenllian

As shoppers try to find their festive stocking fillers, Gwynedd Council is supporting a national campaign to support local businesses by providing free parking in all its car parks on ‘Small Business Saturday’.


Small Business Saturday on December 5, is a national campaign which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities.

As part of its efforts to support the county’s companies, Gwynedd Council will be providing free parking in each of its public car parks on December 5. This is in addition to festive parking that will be available from December 12 to 26.


Gwynedd Council’s Small Business Champion, Councillor Sian Gwenllian said: “Small local businesses are the backbone of Gwynedd’s economy, and as a Council we are committed to doing everything we can to support them.


“I am pleased that parking will be free in Council car parks on December 5 to note Small Business Saturday, and I hope this event will provide an opportunity for the county’s residents to get behind local traders in the run-up to Christmas and make the most of the wonderful gift ideas and fantastic local produce we have here in Gwynedd.”


As part of the Small Business Saturday celebrations locally, the Council will be launching its Buy Local Gwynedd scheme. During the popular Portmeirion Food and Craft Fair, the Council will be officially launching the Buy Local Scheme on Saturday, December 5, with a stall at the event to highlight the wide variety of produce that Gwynedd businesses have to offer.


Councillor Mandy Williams-Davies, Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy noted: “Gwynedd Council is committed to doing everything we can to supporting the county’s businesses. This is especially important in the current challenging economic climate, and as part of our efforts to revitalise and improve the image of our town centres, we are encouraging local residents and visitors to the area to shop locally in Gwynedd.


“As part of the Buy Local Scheme, we aim to encourage the county’s businesses and residents to make the most of the fantastic companies based in Gwynedd. By buying local, you support the local economy and Gwynedd jobs and play your part in ensuring that our towns and villages are vibrant and exciting places to visit.


“I’m delighted that we will be officially launching the Buy Local Gwynedd scheme on Small Business Saturday. This is a fantastic way of promoting the vast array of smaller companies we have and drawing attention to the products and services they offer. As well as the Portmeirion Food and Craft Fair, we are also working with the Aberdyfi Christmas Fair and Bangor Christmas Celebrations which will also be held on December 5 to encourage Gwynedd residents to support local producers during the festive period.”


Further details about the variety of events being held to celebrate Gwynedd produce and more information about the Buy Local Gwynedd scheme are available from: