With less than a week to go before the inaugural Small Business Saturday UK, 40 local councils have answered a call to offer free parking on December 7.

Countdown to Small Business Saturday

With less than a week to go before the inaugural Small Business Saturday UK, 40 local councils have answered a call to offer free parking on December 7.

The Forum of Private Business wrote to every local council in the country earlier this year to ask them to support small businesses by waiving parking charges on December 7 as part of the national campaign, Small Business Saturday UK.

Commenting ahead of Small Business Saturday, the Forum of Private Business chief executive Phil Orford said: “It’s fantastic to see so many local authorities supporting their small firms in this way. We want to see as many people as possible in local independent businesses on December 7 and believe the free parking offers will encourage people to think small and shop locally.”

“As the cost of doing business continues to rise, it’s more important than ever to support our small businesses. The 40 councils that have agreed to offer free parking are an example of the excellent work local authorities can do to support small businesses.”

Small Business Saturday UK will celebrate small businesses across the UK, and is the culmination of a campaign to encourage communities to shop local and support their small businesses. The national campaign has attracted cross party support and has been endorsed by the Prime Minister.

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