Small Business Saturday 2022

30th November 2022

On Saturday 3rd December we celebrate Small Business Saturday. On the day, the nation is encouraged to ‘shop small’ and support local business. So, where better to do that than The Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells?

Ten Years of Small Business Saturday

Now in its tenth year in the UK, Small Business Saturday will return on 3 December 2022, with a mission to support and celebrate the UK’s 5.6 million small businesses, particularly as they face mounting economic challenges over the winter.

Michelle Ovens CBE, Director of Small Business Saturday UK, says: “We brought Small Business Saturday to the UK ten years ago as there was a huge need to celebrate the amazing achievements of the fantastic small business community and offer them support through a raft of challenges, and this mission could not be truer or more vital today. With small businesses facing incredibly tough times, and many still recovering from the pandemic, it is absolutely critical that the nation gets behind these businesses.”

A grassroots, not-for-profit campaign, Small Business Saturday was originally founded by American Express in the US. American Express remains the principal supporter of the campaign in the UK, as part of its on-going commitment to encourage consumers to shop small.

The Pantiles’ Stores

With a wealth of independently owned boutique stores, cafes, bars and restaurants, The Pantiles is the perfect location to discover unusual, bespoke, handmade and special items. Plenty of goodies just waiting to be stuffed into Christmas stockings or to feed hungry tums!

Small Business Saturday also falls on the same day as our Christmas Market – meaning twice the selection of goods and a fantastic opportunity to bag the perfect Christmas presents for your nearest and dearest.

Shop Small this Saturday

There’s a plethora of small businesses at The Pantiles which you can support this Saturday. These include:

Catherine Hills Jewellery – Catherine is an international award-winning designer and maker of the jewellery for the Harry Potter films. She creates beautiful jewellery with a strong identity that is tactile, sensuous and stunning. Her atelier and boutique are nestled in the corner of The Pantiles.

Collared – Pamper your pooch this Christmas with the help of Collared. Collared is a dog accessory and gift shop sourcing top quality products from around the world for dogs and dog lovers.

Dee Airey Studio Photography – In the cosiest and finest photography studio in Tunbridge Wells, Dee Airey provides a natural looking studio photography without all the unnatural posing!

Whether you’re looking for photos of the whole family, a solo shoot or something to remember a special occasion, Dee is on hand to freeze frame the moment.

Kumquat – At Kumquat, the family-owned business has the perfect mix of experience in order to combine the flavours of Southeast Asia with European dishes. This combination takes known and loved dishes and raises them to another level with the exciting flavours that come from Southeast Asian ingredients.

Pantiles Cameras – Pantiles Cameras supplies the latest camera equipment and accessories, at very competitive prices. With extensive knowledge and outstanding customer service, Pantiles Cameras is a must-visit on the lead up to Christmas.

The Cake Shed – The Cake Shed is a lively independent café, producing handmade cakes, sandwiches and other tasty treats. Everything is made on the premises and a range of delicious cakes are on display to tempt you while your order is being prepared.

The Pantiles Bride – The Pantiles Bride aims their collection at the stylish, modern bride who recognises quality. Their experience, customer service and the best selection of designer gowns in the Southeast, means you should put them on your list of must-see bridal shops!

The Pantiles Café – Whether you’re looking for the perfect coffee or a delicious weekend brunch, The Pantiles Café’s team of chefs and baristas are dedicated to bringing you the most flavourful and enjoyable experience. They are also a dog-friendly venue!

The Zero Waste Company – The Zero Waste Company is the first completely plastic free store in Tunbridge Well, with the aim to provide a zero-waste environment for customers – offering refill stations on bulk goods, household and personal toiletries, as well as ethical vegan make-up, perfume and accessories. They work alongside a local farm to offer fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables, and a zero-waste florist for beautiful flowers without the cellophane. They also offer coffees, bake goods and breakfasts in their café area.

Trevor Mottram – Stocking everything for the kitchen and a great find for cooks, Trevor Mottram’s is a treasure trove of goodies for foodies. What’s more, they even price match John Lewis.

Come to The Pantiles this Small Business Saturday’and support your local small businesses.