NORTH Somerset Council has urged people to shop locally ahead of Small Business Saturday.

The council has been promoting the campaign, which will take place this weekend (Saturday, December 2).

By shopping locally, you can help support businesses which rely on regular, in-person footfall.

Not only will you help the economy by shopping at small, independent stores, but you will also cut down on transport emissions.

Throughout November, the council has been posting about different small  businesses on its social media accounts. Some examples include Nailsea's Conscious Food Co’s fish shop, Clevedon's Curzon Cinema and Winscombe's

The independent gift and homeware shop is run by duo Lisa and Amelia. The two friends have filled their store with handpicked ceramics, textiles, jewellery, candles and much more.

The Black Cat Micropub in Weston has also received a mention. The business, which has earned some raving reviews on Tripadvisor, has recently celebrated its fifth birthday.

A North Somerset Council spokesperson said: “In North Somerset is the brand which encompasses our business-facing communications channels and the work of our Economy team.

"The team is currently running a social media campaign to celebrate and support the fantastic small independent businesses we have here in North Somerset in the run up to Small Business Saturday on Saturday, December 2.

"Since the start of November, a different local business has been showcased each day in a bid to encourage people to shop more sustainably and ethically, while helping local independent businesses.

"Choosing local independent businesses keeps money circulating within the local economy and jobs in our communities. It’s also better for the environment as it cuts transport emissions.

"There are many ways that businesses can get involved in the national Small Business Saturday campaign. Details including links to resources, free promotional activity and how to add a business to a national map can be found at There you can also find out more about the work we do to support businesses all year round.

"If you are a business in North Somerset and would like to hear more about the support on offer, please email”