Small Business Saturday

Small businesses and customers in West Sussex can both benefit from Small Business Saturday on 3rd December.

All kinds of small businesses can get involved, including family firms, local shops, online businesses, wholesalers, business services and small manufacturers.

Businesses can visit to get a free listing of their business, marketing pack and more.

Customers can also visit the website where they can search the small business finder, upload photos and messages on to social media of them using local businesses, and pledge to support their local businesses.

West Sussex County Council Leader Louise Goldsmith said: “Small Business Saturday offers our local businesses a great way to get their name out there, encourage growth, and build their network of customers.

Please make Small Business Saturday a really big day for our Small Businesses across West Sussex by supporting them at shops and businesses near you!”

For more information visit the


Source: West Sussex County Council

12 Days of Bennett Christmas

This year we will be running ’12 days of Bennett Christmas’ on social media, starting from 1st December.

The campaign will run on working days between 1st and 16th December, sending out a daily Tweet, Facebook post, LinkedIn and Instagram asking people to respond by midnight that day to be in with a chance of winning the prize.

Winners for each day will be announced on social media the following day.

Good luck!!


Tips for Offsetting Rising Inflation During Festive Season

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), inflation rose to 1 per cent in September, up from 0.6 per cent  in August. This is the highest inflation rate in nearly two years, and it is mostly attributed to the rising prices of petrol, hotel rooms and clothing. There is no explicit evidence that the weaker pound was to blame.

If inflation continues to rise, it would most noticeably affect the households who rely heavily on benefits and tax credits, which are frozen until 2020 and won’t account for rising costs. And if inflation rises to 2.8 per cent in the next few years, more than 11 million households will be worse off by an average of £360 per year. Lower income  families, who receive more in benefits, will feel a bigger hit to their wallets, losing approximately £470 per year.

This news comes at a time when many families are getting ready for festive season purchases. To help counter rising prices, the following simple guidance can help cut costs as Christmas draws near. (more…)

Winter Travel Tips to Save You Money

Although it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of planning a winter holiday, don’t forget to sort your travel money and insurance as well. Save money by being proactive and following these tips:

  • Pre-book Don’t wait until the last minute, or you may end up paying more—especially at the airport where exchange rates are inflated. Consider pre-ordering currency online. You can even have it delivered to your home.
  • Plan for credit card Credit cards can be a good alternative to cash, which is hard to replace when lost or stolen. But some credit cards have high foreign transaction fees. Shop around for cards with  low fees, and inform your credit card company of when and where you’ll be travelling.
  • Buy travel Hopefully, you won’t have to use it, but its small price tag offers invaluable peace of mind.