27 November 2015

It’s the day of the year when local, independent traders are championed.

And for this year’s Small Business Saturday, Sheffield City Council members have joined the drive to raise awareness of and boost the city’s up-and-coming businesses.

Council leader Julie Dore called into Sheffield Therapy Centre in Gleadless to demonstrate her support for the initiative.

She said: “Sheffield Therapy Centre provides excellent services to our community and the city. It has the most professional and friendly staff who make each visit not only essential for our health and wellbeing, but also very enjoyable.

“I’d like to commend them, and our city’s 12,500 or so other small businesses, which make up 85 per cent of the city’s total business community.

Sarah and Mark Roe set up Sheffield Therapy Centre following the birth of their son.

Prior to that, Sarah had worked as a police officer, an air hostess and a NHS manager, and Mark was a trained physiotherapist. Between them, they decided that running a therapy centre would be a better fit with family life.

Sarah said: “We set up our business eight years ago and before we even got the floor down people were popping in to ask for help with their injuries.

“Since then, we have gone on to employ people and support various apprenticeships.

Cllr Dore added: “It is a brilliant example of a business that not only contributes to the city’s economy but to the local community. It is a drop-off for the homeless shoe-box appeal, sponsorship of a WW2 veteran and involvement in many charitable events. I’m so pleased that we have such a fantastic small business in my local area.

“I would urge everyone to get out into their local communities and find out what is one offer, and support their local businesses.”

The visit took place ahead of Small Business Saturday on 5 December 2015. An annual event that celebrates local businesses and raises awareness of the importance of shopping locally.

Sheffield Therapy Centre is involved in the Saturday and emphasises the importance of using local business. Sarah added: “As a small local business we rely on the support of people from around our community. That’s why Small Business Saturday is so important us. We are grateful for Cllr Dore stopping by to help raise our profile and to help stress how important it is to support our independent traders.”

As Small Business Saturday approaches the council reminds entrepreneurs across the city that Business Sheffield is open for assistance.

Business Sheffield is the business facing support arm of the council with a dedicated team working to help businesses start up and grow. It offers Sheffield businesses impartial support.

Find out more about Business Sheffield by visiting the Welcome to Sheffield website.

You can find out more about Small Business Saturday by following @SmallBizSatUK or by visiting the Small Business Saturday website