To promote Small Business Saturday on December 2nd Arfon AM Sian Gwenllian and MP Hywel Williams visited Llechi a Phethau/Slate and Things in Caernarfon to meet proprietors Jon and Gill March who opened their craft and gift shop in the town 8 months ago.
“The Small Business Saturday is an important initiative that encourages people to shop locally at a time of year where consumerism is high”, said Sian Gwenllian. “Local shops like Llechi a Phethau are in constant competition with online and out-of-town shopping and small high street businesses are being squeezed. Local shops contribute a great deal to the local economy, and all the crafts for sale at Llechi a Phethau are made by local crafts people.”
Jon and Gill March began looking for a shop when their slate printing business became so popular that it outgrew their basement at home. They have added to their wares by selling local crafts and there are Welsh language as well as Welsh interest items for sale, all made in the north Wales area.
Said Hywel Williams, “This Christmas you can find unique gifts at shops like Llechi a Phethau, and every pound spent locally on the high street has a bigger local impact than a pound spent in a supermarket or chain. Small local businesses are more likely to employ locally and will have a better knowledge of what their customers want. You won’t get the same personal touch at the larger stores or online.”
To further encourage people to support their local businesses parking will be free in all council car parks on Small Business Saturday.
“There are plenty of fantastic shops all over Arfon,” said Sian Gwenllian, “from Bangor to Llanberis to Caernarfon and beyond. Support your high street this Christmas!”