Millions of shoppers have visited Burton Market Hall since its doors first opened in 1883, but there’s never been a visitor quite like Buckie who is heading to the hall on Saturday December 2 to celebrate Small Business Saturday.
Buckie is bright blue, hairy and very inquisitive. He’s a two person-operated puppet who lets filmmaker, animator and puppeteer Tilley Bancroft do all the talking for him.
Tilley, a founder member of Burton Small Business group and one of this year’s #SmallBiz100 companies, explained: “Buckie will be touring small, independent businesses in Burton town centre on Small Business Saturday, and when he heard that there was a Christmas craft market taking place at Burton Market Hall that day he insisted that we included it on his ‘Buckie Loves Small Biz’ tour.
“It’s going to be a really celebratory day. Buckie will have an entourage following him taking pictures and videos and putting Burton firmly on the map for Small Business Saturday.”
Councillor Colin Whittaker, Deputy Leader for Cultural Services, at East Staffordshire Borough Council, said: “We are delighted that Buckie wants to visit our Christmas craft market. It’ll be a great chance for him to find a special gift for his loved ones from the work of local makers as well as from our regular traders.”
Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots campaign which launched five years ago. It promotes small business success and encourages consumers to support the small, independent businesses in their communities.
Although the day itself takes place on the first Saturday in December each year, the campaign aims to have a positive, lasting impact on small businesses all year round.
Many successful business owners and entrepreneurs, including Lord Alan Sugar, started their careers on market stalls and the Burton market team is proud to be able to help local people who dream of being their own boss to get their start.
Councillor Whittaker said: “We offer pop-up stalls from just £12, all-year round – with temporary membership of the Market Traders Association available at just £2 a day to provide insurance cover. It’s an ideal way to trial being your own boss.”
Tilley said: “Buckie can be a bit cheeky. He loves to poke his nose into whatever’s going on and he loves having selfies taken. We think it will be a lot of fun.”
The #BuckieLovesSmallBiz hashtag will help people who can’t get into town to follow his adventures on Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels.
To enquire about a pop-up stall or a permanent stall at the market hall, call 01283 508850 or email firstname.lastname@example.org