The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is throwing its weight behind the Small Business Saturday campaign, held this Saturday (December 6), by encouraging people to support their local businesses on and off the high street.
Now in its second year, Small Business Saturday UK is a non-political, non-commercial campaign, which aims to highlight the importance of local small businesses and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities. The day itself takes place on the first shopping Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses. Last year over £460 million was spent in small businesses on the day.
The FSB will be staging local events 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. It 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 Federation 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.
FSB national chairman John Allan 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.”