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Horsham celebrates Small Business Saturday

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01 Dec 2020


As the UK celebrates Small Business Saturday on 5 December this year, Horsham will be alive with new business activity and great reasons to make the town a destination for your Christmas shopping.

Horsham District Council’s Buy Local campaign and its various strands will come together in to boost Small Business Saturday UK this year, encouraging us all to support our local independent businesses whether online or on the high street.

Marvelous markets filled with Christmas cheer in the open air

Horsham town’s markets in the Carfax and the Bishopric will get fully festive from this weekend with the return of non-essential stalls, perfect for gift ideas and additional Sunday Christmas Markets in the Carfax every week right up to the 24 December.

With appropriate safety measures in place the markets’ traders will be welcoming customers new and old along with the many independent shops and cafes in the town giving lots of reasons to ‘Buy Local’ this Christmas, but especially on Small Business Saturday.

Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for the Local Economy Cllr Paul Clarke said:

“It has never felt more important to support our local traders across the District this Saturday, adding weight to the national Small Business Saturday event.

“I am delighted that we are taking the opportunity on Small Business Saturday to pull together many aspects of our recently launched ‘Buy Local’ campaign, including our ever popular Window Wonderland Christmas shop window decoration competition and, as a first this year, our hot chocolate competition to find out which outlet provides the best festive hot chocolate across the whole District.

Together with our outdoor Christmas markets there will be plenty of opportunities to shop for locally produced Christmas gifts in a safe environment.

Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for the Local Economy Cllr Paul Clarke

Simon Teasdale of Food Rocks South who runs the Carfax markets said:

Come and join us at our markets throughout December for some wonderful festive shopping. We have lined up an exceptional range of locally crafted gifts, clothing, jewellery, homeware, plants, Christmas trees, card and decorations.

“Alongside this you will find a mouth-watering range of artisan produce and seasonal treats, from pies to sausages, organic fruit and vegetables, award winning fudge, cookies, cakes, mince pies, wine, spirits and local ales, jams, chutneys and of course Bartie’s legendary Christmas puddings!

“As ever there will be a wonderful mix of global street food with lots of winter warmers and festive surprises.

On Sunday 6 December we are adding a touch of ‘ooh-la-la’ as we will be joined by a selection of stalls offering you authentic French produce (from locally based French traders)  - so do come and stock up on some Gallic delights.”

“We are also very excited to announce that ’Street Food Thursday’ will be back every week from 3 December so be sure to ’Take a Break’ in your lunch hour and head to Carfax for a delicious lunch.”

Simon Teasdale, Food Rocks South

Zac Coden, organiser of the Bishopric Markets, is also looking forward to presenting his Christmas markets saying:

Horsham General Market Christmas Markets will be open on the Bishopric this December with essential supplies and hot food to take away.  We have appropriate social distancing measures in place and all our traders will wear masks. We also accept contactless payments.

Zac Coden, organiser of the Bishopric Markets

Click and collect and home delivery options are available on Horsham Markets website:

Horsham Market Click & Collect or Home Delivery

Please do continue to support your local traders if you are able to, we really do appreciate it!

For media queries please email: press@horsham.gov.uk