Portsmouth City Council is supporting Small Business Saturday this year by promoting special local deals and offering free parking at selected car parks.

Shoppers can snap up special deals from independent businesses on 1 December – the annual Small Business Saturday celebration. They can also get free parking at selected council car parks.

Small Business Saturday is all about using independent businesses in your area and helping the local economy thrive. It's also an opportunity for businesses to put on special events or offers.

On Albert Road in Southsea, more than 20 traders are marking the day by offering special deals – ranging from a free brownie with a takeaway coffee to 10 per cent off a haircut.

There will special events to celebrate the day in Castle Road and Palmerston Road.

Special deals will be listed in the Small Business Saturday event on the council's Facebook page.

We are also offering free parking all day at the following sites:

  • Wootton Street car park, Cosham
  • London Road car park, Cosham
  • Stubbington Avenue car park, North End
  • Ashby Place car park, Southsea
  • Clarence Street car park in the city centre.

You can view council car parks here. For information on active travel and public transport options in the city, visit My Journey Portsmouth.

To tell us about a special Small Business Saturday deal, businesses should email business@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or call 023 9284 1074, so we can promote the offer on our Facebook event page.

Businesses can also go to smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com for a free promotional pack and ideas.