A BASINGSTOKE shopping centre is encouraging its customers to think big and shop small in support of Small Business Saturday on December 2.

Festival Place is home to 27 small independently-owned retailers and restaurants that all bring something different and vibrant to the community.

From home and lifestyle treasure troves to popular restaurants and shops showcasing local artisans, the small traders at Festival Place have helped create local jobs, boost local creativity and breathe new life into the regional shopping scene.

Independent names at Festival Place include: 

All Our Own Crafts, Apple Nails, Aray Jewellery, Baggage World, Coochani Musk, Cool Merch, Delta Cars, Fig & Fox, GoGo Gadget, Hair Lab, Kushti Comics, Milan, Mobile Bitz, News Centre, Rosie Rose, Sia Beauty, Trilbys, That Gallery, Afrizi, El Bigote, Festival Street Kitchen, Chi, The Granary, La Vo Patisserie, Mr Munch, Spicy Tadka, and The G Factory.

Festival Place marketing manager Sian Fisher said: “We are incredibly proud to support so many inspirational independent traders, and Small Business Saturday gives us a chance to shout about them and all that they bring to our local community.

“It’s so important for customers to support local, and we would encourage people to follow the Small Business signs around the centre to find out more about these innovative businesses and help them continue their success stories.”