montage pic of small Burton businesses

Buckie celebrates Burton’s small businesses

“Happy re-opening day!” was the phrase of the day on April 12, 2021, when Buckie, the big blue puppet, visited a host of Burton’s independent businesses that re-opened on that day.

Buckie made his first trip to the town on Small Business Saturday in December 2017, but he came back to celebrate what was a big day for many local small traders.

Buckie, along with puppeteer Ian Whittle and Burton Small Business co-founders Tilley Bancroft and Elaine Pritchard, were spreading the #SupportSmallBusinesses message and visited as many local shops as they could.

Buckie’s tour started in Burton Market Hall where he visited a host of traders including Summerhouse Bakery; Aidan’s Books and Vinyl Printing; Robinson’s Diecast Models; The Rustee Skate ShackTopaz Crystals and Waterloo Wools.

Buckie puppet outside Burton Market Hall  Buckie puppet at Aidans Books in Burton Market Hall

Buckie at Robinson's Die Cast Model at Burton Market Hall Buckie at Rustee Skate Shack

Buckie at Waterloo Wools Burton Market Place Buckie at Topaz Crystals in Burton Market Hall

Summerhouse Bakery was able to put tables and chairs outside to serve customers in the sunshine and staff went out from the company’s market hall kitchen to take orders. Buckie met owner Tracey Heap who was busy with orders for takeaways too.

Buckie with Tracey Heap of Summerhouse Bakery, Burton Market Hall

Just outside the market hall, on the edge of the marketplace, Helen’s Bakehouse and Tearooms was also serving customers outside in the sunshine and owner Helen Wheat was happy to pause for a quick pic with Buckie.

Buckie at Helen's Bakehouse Burton Marketplace

We sent every good wish to cafes and bars that could not yet open on that day as they had no outdoor space – and we look forward to seeing them open later in May.

The tour of Burton businesses also took in the library cafe – Bookuccinos – where Buckie tried a bit of skateboarding outside too.

Burton library exterior shot

We also visited the Guitar Superstore – where Buckie rocked out to the sounds.

Buckie outside Burton's Guitar Superstore Buckie inside the Guitar Superstore at Burton

At Ahoy Sailor vintage shop on the High Street, Buckie was gifted with a pink bandana by owner Natalie. He wore it with pride.

Buckie at Ahoy Sailor Vintage store in Burton

We popped into the Alphabet Gift Shop and cafe – which will shortly launch a new Maker’s Market section to allow local craftspeople to sell their products. Food and drink were available to enjoy at tables outside.

Buckie at Alphabet Gift Shop in Burton

The Cheese Station welcomed Buckie and, as luck would have it, our Tilley recently won a prize online in one of their competitions and was able to collect her prize in person!

Buckie at The Cheese Station Burton on Trent

On the way back, Buckie got a quick trim outside V29 Barbershop, The Queen Vic.

Buckie outside the v29 barbershop in Burton High Street

Thanks to Burton Small Business fan Louise Walker, whose support made Buckie’s visit to Burton possible.

Louise Walker with Buckie

The #SupportSmallBusinesses hashtag is being used by the Federation of Small Businesses and we are proud to share it. We’ve collaborated with the FSB on a number of events over the years and Elaine and Tilley are both members of this national support group for small businesses and the self-employed.

Our small businesses in Burton have had a terrible 12 months with successive lockdowns, so let’s do all we can to support them and showcase them. Please take a few moments each day to think if you can share something on social media about your favourite local, small businesses or write them a review on Google or Facebook or any third-party review site. It will mean the world to them.

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