Independent Sheffield traders are to be championed this weekend

Sarah Roe, Councillor Julie Dore and Mark Roe at Sheffield Therapy Centre.
Sarah Roe, Councillor Julie Dore and Mark Roe at Sheffield Therapy Centre.

Independents traders across Sheffield are to be championed this weekend.

During Small Business Saturday, which takes place on December 5, heffield City Council members will join the drive to raise awareness of and boost the city’s up-and-coming businesses.

Council leader Julie Dore recently called into Sheffield Therapy Centre in Gleadless to demonstrate her support for the initiative.

She said: “Sheffield Therapy Centre provides excellent services to our community and the city. It has the most professional and friendly staff who make each visit not only essential for our health and wellbeing, but also very enjoyable.

“I’d like to commend them, and our city’s 12,500 or so other small businesses, which make up 85 per cent of the city’s total business community.

Sarah and Mark Roe set up Sheffield Therapy Centre following the birth of their son.

Prior to that, Sarah had worked as a police officer, an air hostess and a NHS manager, and Mark was a trained physiotherapist. Between them, they decided that running a therapy centre would be a better fit with family life.

Sarah said: “We set up our business eight years ago and before we even got the floor down people were popping in to ask for help with their injuries.

“Since then, we have gone on to employ people and support various apprenticeships.

Councillor Dore added: “It is a brilliant example of a business that not only contributes to the city’s economy but to the local community. It is a drop-off for the homeless shoe-box appeal, sponsorship of a WW2 veteran and involvement in many charitable events. I’m so pleased that we have such a fantastic small business in my local area.

“I would urge everyone to get out into their local communities and find out what is one offer, and support their local businesses.”

Small Business Saturday is an annual event that celebrates businesses and raises awareness of the importance of shopping locally.

Find out more about Small Business Saturday by following @SmallBizSatUK or by visiting the Small Business Saturday website.