By Jonathan Davies
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is urging people to support their local businesses on and off the high street this Saturday (6 December) for Small Business Saturday.
Now in its second year, Small Business Saturday UK has the support of all major political parties and aims to celebrate the importance of local small businesses. Last year over £460 million was spent in small businesses on the day.
The FSB will be staging local events right across the UK, highlighting the value of our small firms to local MPs and councillors as they visit independent traders and talk to local businesses.
The FSB has also supported the Small Business Saturday campaign bus, as it visits a number of cities including Edinburgh, Manchester, Nottingham and London. As well as supporting local shops, the FSB wants local businesses to think about how they can better support their local suppliers.
The FSB supports small businesses all year round with its ‘Keep Trade Local’ campaign, asking decision makers to consider the small businesses at the heart of the community when procuring, planning and developing town-centres. It is also calling on MPs and Peers to support small businesses through its’ #ibacksmallbusiness social media campaign.
John Allan, National Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said:
“Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity to remember the small businesses at the heart of our communities.
“When consumers see the diversity and value on offer, we hope it will make them more inclined to use local small firms, leading to booming local economies and more diverse high streets.
“The UK’s 5.2 million small businesses are driving the economic recovery and Small Business Saturday helps to remind us what fantastic firms are out there.”
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