This Christmas more than ever it’s important to support small independent businesses. At Paper Starlights, we’ve teamed up with Independent businesses in our town of Chesterfield, Derbyshire, to do just that.
Introducing the ‘Be a Star and Support Independents’ campaign
We’ve donated 100 of our handmade star lanterns to around 80 businesses across the town centre of Chesterfield, for passers-by to see. This is to help encourage people to shop locally this festive season and put money back into the local economy. Our stars have been kindly distributed with the help of fellow local Independent, Shop Indie.
Andy Jupp, the owner of Derbyshire based Paper Starlights said " we wanted to say thank you to all the local Derbyshire businesses who have given us so much support over these last 2 years. Now, more than ever, we need to keep shopping local "
The stars will be on display across Chesterfield until Christmas 2022. We encourage everyone to go out and see how many stars you can spot!
Make sure to tag in the Independent shop you spot, @independentchesterfield and @paperstarlights.
First Row: Ed from Brockwell Books.Laura Jo from Adorn Jewellers. Donna from Hobson’s Choice. Liz from The Little Ark. Becky from Paper Starlights. Santa Clause from The North Pole. Matt from Ginspired. Brian from Charles Hedley (Outdoor Wear).
Santa Clause, doing a stint at Chesterfield Market Hall.
First Row: Donna from Hobson’s Choice.The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield. Sophie from Fred’s Haberdashery
Second Row: Laura Jo from Adorn Jewellers. Emma from M’s Gallery & M’s Accessories. Alison from Delightful Decor. Lisa from Shop Indie
Back Row: Adam from Adorn Jewellers with Heathcliff the Cairn Terrier. Gary from The Little Ark. Becky from Paper Starlights
Alison at Delightful Decor, The Yard, Chesterfield.
Tallbird Records, 10 Soresby Street, Chesterfield.
Gary at The Little Ark, The Market Hall, Chesterfield.
Donna at Hobson's Choice, The Market Hall, Chesterfield.
Left to right: Mayor of Chesterfield, Councillor Tony Rogers. Mayoress, Sharon Rogers. Ed Fordham at Brockwell Books
Caroline at Twelfth Craft, Irongate (The Shambles), Chesterfield.
Lisa at Shop Indie, Steeplegate, Chesterfield.
Laura-Jo & Adam at Adorn Jewellers, Middle Shambles, Chesterfield.
Left to right: Mayor of Chesterfield, Councillor Tony Rogers. Becky at Paper Starlights. Mayoress, Sharon Rogers.
Thanks a Bunch, Outside the Market Hall, Chesterfield.
Fred's Haberdashery, 3 West Bars, Chesterfield.
Ed Fordham at Brockwell Books, The Market Hall, Chesterfield.
Be a Star Map
How can I support local shops this Christmas?
There are lots of ways to support local shops this Christmas. Shop locally, buy locally. It’s a mantra we have been hearing for years now but it’s one that we should all be taking seriously. Not only does it help our economy, but it also supports small businesses who are often more willing to give back to their community by sponsoring local events and supporting charities.
The more money that's spent in local shops at this time of year, the better it will be for all local businesses – especially those who survive on Christmas trade.
So how do you shop independently this Christmas? Here are some ideas:
- Shop at your local market – there are plenty of these around the country so why not check out yours? You'll find everything from fresh fruit and veg to organic meat, fish and dairy products as well as handmade gifts and jewellery.
- Visit independent shops in your town – these days you can find anything online, but if you really want to support local retailers then look for those with an independent stamp on them.
- Share your favourite business with your friends and family. If you've found a great bar or restaurant, or discovered an amazing shop that sells beautiful things, then why not let others know about it too? Sharing your favourite businesses with others will help them get more customers too.
Where can you find Paper Starlights stockists in Chesterfield?
Our stars are also stocked in these independent shops in Chesterfield: