Brent Council are running “Small Business Saturday” which lets residents nominate their favourite business in Brent.
Home to one of the busiest Indian shopping streets in the country, some of the best coffee shops in the capital, eclectic markets, stylish clothes boutiques, Brent has a thriving and diverse business community.
From Caribbean restaurants to graphic design houses, from art galleries to shops specialising in Afro-beat vinyls, Brent is home to a huge array of small businesses.
Brent Council is launching a competition, called Think Brent, Celebrate Local for people to nominate their favourite business in Brent from one of five categories:
• Best newcomer
• Most attractive shop front or interior
• Best quirky or unique business
• Best customer service
• Best overall local independent
The competition opens on Thursday 23 October 2014 for five weeks and is part of a wider initiative called Small Business Saturday, a nationwide campaign, aimed at encouraging people to shop locally to support their local economy on what is traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year: Saturday 6 December.
Councillor Roxanne Mashari, Lead Member for Employment and Skills at Brent Council said: “Small businesses are the life blood of the local economy providing local jobs and services and adding to the unique diversity of Brent.
“Small Business Saturday gives a great focal point for our small and medium sized businesses to showcase their very best products and services and is an opportunity for residents to nominate their favourite businesses while traders offer discounts and promotions to encourage us all to Think Brent and Think Local.
“Brent Council will be directly supporting this initiative by offering free parking in nine of the Council’s car parks and by hosting a series a business breakfast events to name just a couple of initiatives.”