Grassroots campaign Small Business Saturday returns this month, uniting small businesses across the UK and encouraging shoppers to support independent traders in their local area.

On Saturday, December 7, the focus will be on the successes and achievements of these local companies. Not only do you help out the local economy when you shop local, but you help to create more jobs locally and are often getting something more original than heading to the high street. Shopping locally even helps the environment, with products often locally sourced and fewer miles travelled to the store for customers too.

Last year, an estimated £812 million was spent in small businesses across the UK on Small Business Saturday.

In St. Helens, bespoke jewellery makers Gibneys Jewellers was founded 32 years ago in Bridge Street, before moving over to Westfield Street and finally making their home in Ormskirk Street in 2010. Carl Gibney owns the store, which is run by his partner and Manageress Kath Woods. Gibneys are members of the Small Business Saturday scheme, joining a network of other local traders in the area.

Gibneys is locally acclaimed for its on-site workshop, where their resident goldsmith works on bespoke creations, as well as remodelling and repairing other pieces.

Gibneys also stock plenty of different gift boxes – perfect for the upcoming festive season!

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