Banbury certainly answered the call to Give us Five!

Give us Five Campaign, Banbury. From the left, Wayne Kennedy, 5th Corner, Mel Yalland, Mrs Bear's Pantry, Denise Kennedy, 5th Corner and Neil Wild, town centre co-ordinator NNL-140912-162926009
Give us Five Campaign, Banbury. From the left, Wayne Kennedy, 5th Corner, Mel Yalland, Mrs Bear's Pantry, Denise Kennedy, 5th Corner and Neil Wild, town centre co-ordinator NNL-140912-162926009

In an attempt to support our local businesses even more, the Banbury Guardian challenged our readers to spend at least £5 in town centre stores as part of Small Business Saturday.

In last week’s Banbury Guardian we urged everyone to jump aboard our one-day ‘Give us Five!’ campaign in association with our Shop Local, Eat Local, Play Local campaign which has been running throughout the year.

So how did it go? Pretty well, we think!

And Iain Nicholson and Neil Wild, Cherwell District Council’s recently appointed town team co-ordinators agree.

Mr Nicholson said: “It’s a brilliant initiative in lots of ways. There’s no doubt it’s great for the morale of our independent town centre businesses to get such high profile support. It helps encourage people from the town and neighbouring villages to come in and use the local businesses here, which is exactly what we need right now. And looking ahead it’s always a big plus for businesses considering moving into empty shops to see that the town vitality project has such great backing.”

Mr Wild added: “The Banbury Guardian is a great supporter of Banbury town centre businesses and the Give us Five! campaign is an imaginative initiative to get the public’s attention.

“There are nearly 150 small businesses based in the town centre who work hard to promote themselves. The Banbury Guardian’s Give us Five! is a fantastic way of getting a widespread reminder to the town’s catchment.”

To support Small Business Saturday, all Cherwell District Council owned car parks were also free for the day.

Many shop owners also printed the Banbury Guardian’s poster and showcased it in their windows and Tweets using the hashtag #GiveUsFiveBanbury were flowing, both in the days leading up to Saturday, during the day and in the aftermath.

@VisitBanbury said: “Everything has come together today to get you to #visitbanbury - free parking, #SmallBizSatUK #GiveUsFiveBanbury & a beautiful sunny day.”

It also added: “Would be great to hear from Banbury businesses if #SmallBizSatUK & #GiveUsFiveBanbury initiative has helped today so we know we are helping.”

@pinkpigbanbury said: “Been in to see us on #SmallBizSatUK? Did you #GiveUsFiveBanbury and what did you buy?? Let us know and we’ll RT!”

@thearteryshop said: “Come spend a little longer in #Banbury today with @Cherwellcouncil offer of free parking. #GiveUsFiveBanbury.”

@s_celebrations said: “Christmas is not complete without novelty glasses! here all day #visitbanbury #GiveUsFiveBanbury #SmallBizSatUK”

@BanburyShopping said: “And if you can’t get into #Banbury town centre today for #GiveUsFiveBanbury despite #FreeParking you can buy vouchers http://www.banburymarketplace.co.uk/vouchers/”

@DanielOwens1979 said: “Nice campaign by @banburynews to get readers to #ShopLocal & support #SmallBizSatUK this weekend. #GiveUsFiveBanbury.”

Banbury Town Mayor @SEANLWOODCOCK said: “Great idea for a campaign by @banburynews ... I’ll be sure to pop into town on Saturday #GiveUsFiveBanbury.”

And the Banbury Guardian’s very own editor Jason Gibbins also did his bit. @Jgibbins: “Blew the fiver budget 20 times over, but great buzz in a busy Banbury today! Spend the afternoon supporting your town. #GiveUsFiveBanbury”