Small Business Saturday bus rolls into town

A bus that highlights small, independent businesses in communities across the country rolled will into St Helens town centre as part of a national campaign.

St Helens was chosen as one of the stops on an extensive nationwide
promotional bus tour to raise the profile of the Small Business Saturday
campaign on Saturday 5 December.

Using the theme “5 million small businesses, 1 big day”, the bus pulled up
in Church Square, where the National Chairman for the Federation of Small Businesses, John Allan, was greeted by the Mayor and Mayoress, Steve and Lynn Glover; St Helens Council’s Chief Executive, Mike Palin; St Helens Chamber’s Chief Executive Kath Boullen and Director of Business Services, Tracy Mawson – and business owners, Kirsty Hackers of Kreative Kirsty Beauty Therapist and Rob Culshaw of Culshaw Design.

“The Small Business Saturday campaign is a great way to encourage residents to support and use local small businesses – because without them, the community just wouldn’t be the same,” said Mike Palin.

Kath Boullen, added: “Anything which reminds us all of the valuable
contribution which small businesses make to the local economy is very

Logos, digital banners, a social media guide and toolkits are available to
download from the and can be displayed online or on premises.

Businesses around the country can also upload information to the ‘My Small Business Finder’ on the website ( on what special events or promotional offers they will be running for Small Business Saturday.

More information on Small Business Saturday can also be found on the Small Business Saturday Facebook page ( and on Twitter (@SmallBizSatUk).

To help celebrate Small Business Saturday in St Helens on Saturday 5
December, there will be a number of events taking place in the town centre
which will help boost local businesses, including St Mary’s Market’s
Christmas lights switch on, while over in Church Square, hundreds are
expected to don Father Christmas outfits and take part in the hugely
popular Santa Dash (organised by the Steve Prescott Foundation and
Willowbrook Hospice) – or why not head over to the Masonic Hall where  you can grab yourself a crafty bargain at a vintage arts and crafts fair?

St Helens town centre provides a great range of high street stores and
independent shops, quality restaurants, pubs and bars.

Easily accessible car parking can be found at Chalon Way Car Park and
throughout the town centre. Parking on Chalon Way, Birchley Street and St. Mary’s car parks is free after three. And don’t forget the free council
town centre car parking available every Saturday.