Keep it local Warwickshire


Warwickshire Thrift Week

You might be surprised at how you can make your money go further by keeping it local throughout Warwickshire Thrift Week: 19th to 27th March 2016.

Thrift Week helps people to save money, help the environment and get great value from local businesses. Upcycling furniture; trading in IT equipment for refurbished items at a reduced rate; customising old clothes and repairing household items to give them a new lease of life, or buying second hand items from a charity shop to support local causes are just some of the ways consumers are adopting a thriftier lifestyle.

For further information on the events and activities taking place throughout the week, please visit the thriftweek website.

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Small Business Saturday

Make the most of your local high street and support small businesses by shopping locally.

Warwickshire County Council and the Federation of Small Businesses, along with our local partners, are promoting Small Business Saturday to champion the small enterprises that help make our local high streets special.

Small Business Saturday is a national initiative that celebrates local independent firms, including the traders and retailers that contribute to the unique character of our high streets, town centres and villages.

There are great benefits to the area’s economy in using local businesses too. The Federation of Small Businesses estimates that for every £1 spent locally, there is a benefit of £1.76 to the local economy, because the money remains in the region.

Please visit the Warwickshire Small Business Saturday webpage to see just some of the small businesses that make Warwickshire such a great place to shop. You can keep up to date with events, news and see the films on our Keep It Local Warwickshire Facebook page and follow us on twitter @keeplocalwarks

The Great British High Street of the Year Awards

The Great British High Street of the Year Awards is an annual competition inviting local partnerships to nominate a high street in their area to celebrate the diversity and services that British shopping parades provide.

The Awards provide a national platform to:

  • Showcase success stories and share best practice
  • Showcase the diversity of how places are servicing local needs
  • Give the public the opportunity to celebrate and endorse their local high street and make the most of what it has to offer
  • Recognise the excellent effort of town teams, the business community, local authorities, the charitable sector and volunteers, and other key partners, in achieving the above successes.

The Awards are open to Town Teams, or recognised local partnerships, including Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Town Centre Partnerships or Community Interest Companies, across England, Scotland and Wales.

Not only do winners get the honour of being recognised as a ‘Great British High Street’ but they will also win a share of a £50,000 prize pot and a range of support from our partners, including business mentoring, workshops and help to promote their high street.

The deadline for 2015 applications has now passed. See The great British high street website for more details.

With thanks to our partners