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Support Surrey's small businesses on Saturday December 6

PUBLISHED: 09:20 03 December 2014 | UPDATED: 10:09 03 December 2014

Sir Peter Blake is supporting Small Business Saturday 2014 (Photo: American Express)

Sir Peter Blake is supporting Small Business Saturday 2014 (Photo: American Express)

Please credit American Express

Legendary British pop artist Sir Peter Blake has paid tribute to independent shopkeepers in a new artwork released in the build-up to Small Business Saturday on Saturday December 6.

High Street Heroes features 40 small business owners holding the tools of their trade and includes Surinder Jheeta from Beejays newsagent in Oxshott and the Hussain family from Mogul Indian restaurant in Bagshot.

“Small shops and the Great British shopkeeper have been at the forefront of our culture for hundreds of years now,” says Sir Peter.

“The notion of a ‘nation of shopkeepers’ is embedded in our folklore and the wonderful variety of today’s independent shops as well as the character that small businesses bring to a local area make them an ideal subject matter for modern pop art.”

Over in our county town, Experience Guildford is supporting the initiative and urging small businesses to get involved and visitors to shop local.

“Guildford’s eclectic mix of small businesses is an integral draw for visitors to the town and something that we should all be proud of,” says Amanda Masters, general manager of Experience Guildford.

“Initiatives such as Small Business Saturday help put our small businesses in the spotlight, profile our retail diversity and acknowledge the contribution these businesses make to the economy of the borough.”

Research by American Express, founder of Small Business Saturday in the US and a supporter of the grassroots campaign in the UK, found that 43% of shoppers on the day chose to shop at local independently owned businesses because of Small Business Saturday last year.

• For more information on Small Business Saturday, visit www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com or follow @smallbizsatuk #smallbizsatuk

 

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