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Have you heard of Small Business Saturday?

Small Business Saturday is an annual event that happens on the first Saturday in December. Its aim is to encourage us all to shop locally, both in person and online, at small businesses.

It's a great opportunity to discover small businesses which offer exceptional customer service and unique products. The occasion urges us to think consciously about where we spend our money and how we can make a positive impact with our Christmas shopping.

What is Small Biz 100?

Small Biz 100 is a is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign which highlights a hundred small businesses in the lead up to December 2nd.

For a hundred days before Small Business Saturday, a small business is given the spotlight and celebrated. Keep an eye out for Coffee Pod Creations on November 19th, they’ll be some exciting deals and giveaways!

To see which craft markets I’ll be at this month, visit my blog here.

Alongside Coffee Pod Creations here are 6 other Small Biz 100 favourites:

Aphrodite's Secret Skincare is a small Deaf, Women business, providing handmade skin and body care. All the products are Vegan, eco friendly and plastic free. The product ingredients and packaging are kind to your skin and Mother Nature which means you can shop stress/guilt free!

isifiso believes everyone need to reduce their eco footprint. From cloth wipes to soap bags, isifiso makes products to replace single use home products with a sustainable alternative. Made with rescued fabrics, they help you actively reduce your impact. isifiso runs sewing and mending workshops in an aim to get all Londoners sewing. From learning to sew to making reusable products to learning to mend, these workshops are fun, engaging and provide hands-on training.

Exdi Furniture is a sustainable business specialising in premium quality and stylish Ex Display Furniture. Their mission is to provide eco-conscious customers with a diverse selection of modern and traditional pieces to complement various interiors. You will find the brands you know and love while saving 50-70% off the original price.

My Vegan Artisan Box is a vegan lifestyle subscription box that features products from small businesses only. Their goal is to help people discover new and amazing vegan products and brands that they may not have seen before and to show everyone that choosing vegan products doesn´t mean having to compromise or miss out. MVAB is a bi-monthly subscription box and it includes food, treats, beauty products and lifestyle items. Much more than just a food box, we have all aspects of your vegan lifestyle covered! All the products in the boxes are vegan, cruelty-free and handmade or made in small batches by small businesses in the UK. We also aim to be as eco-friendly as possible in all our operations.

A small dog shop in the coastal Lynton, North Devon. It has a room dedicated with treats for your dog or cat including a wide range of natural treats, a bakery and an ice cream parlor with many different flavours. There's a room showcasing the best eco friendly or local dog collars, leads, blankets etc. Due to the seasonality of their town, they have looked at alternative ways to promote their business. Alongside their website, they create Welcome Boxes for local hotels and B&B's. They have a group of loyal subscription owners who receive a treat box each month.

A small retail shop in Minehead, Somerset, selling sustainable household goods, toiletries and gift ideas while sending a message about how we can all make a difference. They have lots of upcycled products including jewellery and wallets made from bicycle inner tubes, bags made from bouncy castles and other inflatables, dog leads and dog toys made from fishing gear plus coasters and other products recycled from plastics collected from our local beach clean events. Everything they stock is carefully chosen to ensure it meets our values and what our customers expect. They're proud to have recently been awarded 'Plastic Free Gold Status' by Surfers Against Sewage.

If you visit Our Precious Earth, you’ll find a selection of Coffee Pod Creations jewellery and accessories

So, before turning to Amazon Prime, consider exploring your local markets and high street options to support small businesses and keep our high streets alive. By doing so, you can help support local people and contribute to the local community.

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