It’s arrived! The brakes are on for business! The countdown to Christmas is on: lists are written, lights are shining, gifts are gathered, parties are planned.

Everybody loves this time of the year, don’t they? At the risk of sounding like my parents, is it really necessary for the shops to stock plastic tins of Quality Street, Heroes, Celebrations and Roses in October? Christmas is creeping further and further back into Autumn with spirits and festive cheer creating a relaxed and joyful approach to the big day.

We all love a celebration but, without sound bah humbug, there are many sides to the Christmas run up; spare a thought for those businesses who need to keep the momentum going. 

We have commented before on the ‘start-stop’ approach to the year; where school and statutory holidays apply the brakes before we really reach top speeds. It can mean limited time for small businesses to gain momentum before the business brakes are applied.

We have spoken to many businesses who fear this time of year due to the “We will do it in the New Year”  response. Small businesses, especially start-ups, can’t afford a dry month and need to find ways of keeping business ticking along and those important invoices raised.

The flip side – some businesses are busy at this time of year and under pressure to deliver products especially in the retail environment. To ensure the shelves are stocked with goodies and essentials.

So – in business the Christmas run up means many things for many people. If you can support a small business – great. If you can give a small business confidence that work will be picked up in January – fantastic. If you can accept an invoice in December – Amazing!

It’s so convenient these days to shop online but this year, but let’s resolve to support our local shops too. Stockport has a diverse retail sector; from High Street brands to quirky independents, take a trip out to your local shopping centre where you will find unique gifts; and visit Stockport town centre where the Christmas Makers Market, a Victorian Market and the Vintage Market will leave you spoilt for choice.

Find out what’s on at the new Stockport Christmas website

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