The St Nicholas Centre is using the first day of December to celebrate many of its independent retailers as Christmas Day nears.

This weekend, on December 1, will mark Small Business Saturday as it focuses on “unique” retailers which are said to be the “lifeblood” of the high street.

Among them is the St Nicholas Centre as independent businesses operate some of the biggest high street chains.

It’s home to various retailers such as clothing companies, hair and beauty salons, as well as specialists like a framing firm and a haberdashery.

And if it’s food that you’re looking for then you can dine out then there’s lots of stuff from Thai cuisine to Caribbean specials.

Gavin Waller, the St Nicholas Centre’s director, said: “Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity to shine a spotlight on the independent retail scene.

“For a shopping centre to have success in the current climate it’s important to have a mix of all the big brands and smaller businesses which only operate in one location, which means the centre has something very different to offer.

“We’re delighted that, at St Nicholas, we have just that – some of the biggest names on the high street like Debenhams, Next and Pandora and, at the same time, a range of really exciting and unique small businesses.

“We hope that Small Business Saturday will encourage people to support independent retailers, and hopefully the day will remind everyone to visit these great businesses not just on one day but throughout the year.”

Amore Fashions, meanswear specialists Bricks and Mortar, Love Hair and Beauty by Honey, as well as Sia Hair and Beauty are among the businesses at the St Nicholas Centre.

Food outlets include Bangkok Pad Thai, Café Kiko, Roti Masters, and Sugar and Spice.

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