Stalybridge fashion boutique is 18th day of NatWest social media advent calendar

A LADIES’ fashion boutique in Stalybridge was behind the 18th day of a Twitter advent calendar celebrating Britain’s independent high street retailers.

The social media countdown has been launched by NatWest as part of its support for Visa’s #WhereYouShopMatters campaign, which aims to encourage more shoppers to visit their local high street and shop locally this Christmas.

From gift shops to bakeries, the calendar will profile a different local retailer from across England and Wales each day.

The festive treat on Wednesday, December 18 was Aspinalls Boutique on Melbourne Street in Stalybridge.

The shop specialises in women’s fashion and was opened by Alex Aspinall following a 20-year career in the fashion industry.

Alex said: “The high street is important not only for UK businesses but for the towns as well.

“We have a really good business network in Stalybridge and together we want to change the perception of our town.”

The business has been supported by Geoff Longden, NatWest Business Growth Enabler for the region.

He said: “The advent calendar is about celebrating the amazing work of independent retailers like Alex who make our high streets what they are.

“They work tirelessly throughout the year and bring so much creativity and diversity to our local towns and cities.

“That is why we’re really proud to support these businesses and just as importantly, the people behind them.”

Research commissioned by Visa found that seven out of 10 consumers say shopping locally makes them feel happy, with two fifths citing supporting local shops and knowing where their money is going as the main reason why.

Visit Aspinalls Boutique at 37 Melbourne Street, Stalybridge SK15 2JJ or call 0161 637 8480. Also find them on Facebook.

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