Small Business Month

2nd May 2024

As May unfolds, so does the celebration of Small Business Month, a time dedicated to honouring the backbone of our economy – small businesses. At The Pantiles, this celebration takes on a special significance as we recognise the vibrant community of independent and boutique businesses that grace our historic venue.

Heritage, Culture and Commerce

The Pantiles is not just a place; it’s an experience. Steeped in history, the elegant colonnaded walkway dates back to the 17th Century when it was a popular destination for the aristocracy seeking the healing waters of the nearby Chalybeate Spring. Today, it continues to charm visitors with its unique blend of heritage, culture and commerce.

With over 20 small, independent and boutique businesses calling The Pantiles home, there’s something to delight every visitor. From artisanal crafts to bespoke jewellery, eclectic dining to indulgent pampering, our diverse array of shops and eateries offer a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be discovered.

A Vital Role in our Economy

Small Business Month is not just about celebration; it’s also a time to reflect on the vital role small businesses play in our economy. Did you know that small businesses account for over 99.2% of all businesses in the UK? They are the engines of innovation, job creation and community development, driving economic growth and fostering diversity.

At The Pantiles, we’re proud to be a hub for these dynamic entrepreneurs. Our shops and boutiques are not just places to shop; they are labour-of-love enterprises, each with its own story to tell. Whether it’s the family-run restaurant that has been perfecting its recipes for generations or the independent jeweller showcasing their latest creations, every business adds to the rich tapestry of our community.

But beyond the charm and character, there are tangible benefits to supporting small businesses. Studies show that for every £1 spent at a small business, 63p stays in the local economy, compared to just 40p for larger businesses. By choosing to shop local, you’re not just making a purchase; you’re investing in the prosperity of your community.

The Magic of Shopping Small

As we celebrate Small Business Month, we invite you to join us at The Pantiles and experience the magic of independent entrepreneurship. Whether you’re strolling through our tiled streets, savouring a locally sourced meal, or discovering unique treasures in our shops, you’re not just a visitor; you’re part of a thriving ecosystem of creativity and commerce.

The Perfect Time to Visit!

And if you’re looking for a reason to visit, May is the perfect time! With the warmer weather beckoning, The Pantiles comes alive with outdoor events, live music and special promotions throughout the month. From Live at The Pantiles to Sankey’s Feast & Fizz Festival, there’s always something exciting happening at our historic venue.

Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor from afar, we guarantee you’ll leave inspired, rejuvenated and with a newfound appreciation for the magic of small businesses.

So, this Small Business Month, make a date with The Pantiles and experience the joy of supporting local entrepreneurs. Your patronage not only keeps our community thriving but also ensures that the spirit of independence and innovation continues to flourish for generations to come. Every purchase tells a story.