THE leader of North Somerset Council, Cllr Mike Bell, has encouraged people to 'shop local' this weekend.

Today (Saturday, December 2) is Small Business Saturday. The annual campaign was designed to promote small and independent companies, many of which are family-run.

This can include pubs, shops, and even entertainment venues like cinemas.

Posting on Facebook yesterday, Cllr Bell said: "Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday (Saturday 2 December), a great opportunity to encourage everyone to think about shopping and doing business locally in North Somerset all year round.

"Choosing local independent businesses keeps money circulating within the local economy, jobs in our local communities, while also being better for the environment as it cuts transport emissions.

"This weekend there is loads going on around North Somerset with fairs, markets and opportunities galore, so please shop local, if you can, this weekend and all year round."