Secretary of State Urges Support for Small Business Saturday

Keith Irvine, GM Wardens, Secretary of State and Glyn Roberts having coffee in Knott’s Bakery in Newtownards this morning with local traders.

With this year’s Small Business Saturday taking place tomorrow Saturday (1st December), Retail NI has urged consumers to pull out all the stops to support their local independent retailers and make this year the best yet. The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley, gave her support for Small Business Saturday when she visited Retail NI member Wardens and other traders in Newtownards today.

Wardens are one of the Small Business Saturday Top 100.

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley MP said:

"I was delighted to meet local small businesses in Newtownards today. These independent traders are the heart of local communities and the economy throughout Northern Ireland and the wider UK. 

"I would encourage everyone to show their full support for their local small businesses. They provide vital support and services to local people not just on Small Business Saturday, but all year round."

 Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“Independent retailers and small business owners are working harder then ever to provide top level choice, quality and service this Christmas and we urge shoppers to make a special effort to support them on Small Business Saturday and throughout the Christmas period”

“70p in every pound that is spend with a local independent retailer is recycled around the economy, supporting local producers, farmers and the

Keith Irvine, General Manager at Wardens said:

“It was a real honour to be selected as one of the Small Biz100”

“Independent retailers offer so much to the ensuring the vibrancy and diversity of town centres. Small Business Saturday is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate this as well as all of the small businesses that are so vital to our economy and daily lives.  As high street retailing faces challenging times our ability to adapt and offer new experiences to customers is essential and we are looking forward to a busy day of special events on Saturday."


Note To Editors:

Wardens have been helping to create beautiful homes since 1877. The business has been owned by the same family and has traded on the same site in High Street, Newtownards for 141 years. It has grown from a family run hardware shop supplying farmers and townspeople with ironmongery and related goods to a leading home furnishing retailer with top brands from around the world.