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Derby Cathedral Quarter BID celebrates Small Business Saturday with multiple new businesses opening this year

Derby Cathedral Quarter BID celebrates Small Business Saturday with multiple new businesses opening this year

A raft of new businesses have opened in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter this year - with more set to begin trading in 2024.

According to figures compiled by the Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (BID), 29 new small businesses opened in the area in 2023 – taking the overall number of small and independent traders to over 290 in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter. The new data has been released ahead of the city celebrating Small Business Saturday UK on Saturday, December 2.

Brad Worley, BID Manager for the Cathedral Quarter Improvement District (BID), said:

“We are immensely proud of all the new business owners who have opened in The Cathedral Quarter this year.

“Investors can clearly see the opportunity to run their businesses within Derby’s Cathedral Quarter and we are delighted to release these figures which show a real resurgence in the area.

"Small business Saturday serves as a reminder of the diverse array of goods and services available in the local area and highlights the importance of sustaining these enterprises to maintain vibrant and thriving local economies.”

A month-long online campaign to celebrate some of Derby’s finest independent businesses has been running by the Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District.

It has been shining the spotlight on unique independent businesses which work hard to make the Cathedral Quarter a desirable destination in Derby.

To support Small Business Saturday, Derby City Council has announced it will be allowing shoppers to park at Chapel Street Car Park for just £2 all day.

Michael Moore, owner and lead teacher at MM Drum School on College Place, in Full Street, Derby, said:

“Small businesses bring life to the community and enhance the uniqueness of the area. Small Business Saturday is an important event that brings together the talents of local small businesses. I’m pleased to be involved.”

Small Business Saturday UK is an annual event that encourage people to support local businesses and celebrate the contributions of small enterprises to their communities.

The initiative highlights smaller, independent businesses and emphasises the unique products and personalised services offered by local shops. The day promotes the idea that supporting these enterprises helps boost the local economy and fosters a sense of community.

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