Derby City Council plans to support the national Small Business Saturday campaign by offering free parking in the city throughout Saturday 5th December.
It sees Small Business Saturday as a key date in the business calendar, and will be staging an event at the Council House on Saturday 5th December to which all local businesses are invited to attend and hear from inspirational business speakers.
There will be 24 hours of free parking in all Council-owned car parks and patrolled on-street parking areas across the city on Saturday 5th December.
Coun Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council, says: “We are very keen to support small businesses, and I would encourage people to come into Derby on 5 December and take advantage of the free parking on offer while they visit the many fantastic shops and other businesses in our city.
I also want to invite people who are starting up a business and existing entrepreneurs to come along to the event – themed ‘supporting your business journey’. The exhibition will have a mix of support for pre-start and established businesses. Among the opportunities on offer will be a tour of the new Riverside Chambers business centre and the newly opened Shot Tower, start-up surgeries and the chance to network with local entrepreneurs.
“I am delighted to be hosting this event and would urge local business owners to come along and see the wide variety of support on offer to help them achieve success – the time is now to support Derby’s small businesses.”
Businesses attending the event will be able to access advice and support from a wide range of support providers including local banks and accountants, the Chamber of Commerce, Federation for Small Businesses, the University of Derby and many more.