Written by: Keith Tully
Published: 6th December 2019
Shoppers across the country are being urged to support their local retailers and other enterprises by using their services on Saturday December 7th for what’s being billed as Small Business Saturday.
Whether it’s online or in person, campaigners are keen to see as many people as possible backing small businesses and independent operators from all parts of the UK.
The seventh annual Small Business Saturday is aiming to top the £800 million estimated to have been spent via independent businesses during last year’s event.
Against a backdrop of serious financial difficulty for many thousands of small businesses, particularly retailers, organisers are hoping for a resoundingly positive response from consumers nationwide this year.
However, in addition to consumers, organisers also want to see prominent politicians and General Election candidates offering their backing to Small Business Saturday.
“With a general election just days away, it’s more important than ever that candidates get out to meet small business owners in their constituencies in order to understand the challenges we face,” said Mike Cherry, the national chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).
The FSB has pointed out that small businesses contribute massively to the UK economy and employ around 60 per cent of the country’s overall workforce.
The federation wants to see as many people as possible appreciating their local independent businesses on December 7th and more generally throughout the year.
The small business organisation has welcomed figures showing that there are now some 5.2 million small firms operating across the UK but has expressed concerns too that most of the them expect their financial performance to worsen in the coming three months.
“When you back a small business in your local community, you’re much more likely to see your money re-spent nearby than if you handed it over to a big corporation - through local job creation, purchases from other businesses and investment,” said Mr Cherry.
“We’re calling on all shoppers to forget Black Friday and get behind this unique celebration of independent business.”