Business First supports Small Business Saturday

Business First is set to support the UK’s small, independents this month as part of the nationwide Small Business Saturday campaign.

The event, which takes place this year on Saturday 3 December, celebrates and promotes an array of independent businesses, while encouraging people to shop locally.

The campaign concentrates on the successes of small businesses and their contribution to communities.

How can you get involved?

  • Shop locally with small, independent traders
  • Attend free talks and workshops at venues around the UK
  • Hold an event or workshop
  • Check out the Small Business Saturday 100 businesses
  • Support them!

Last year, shoppers spent £623m with local traders on the day itself – an increase of almost £120m from the previous year’s event.

Michelle Owens MBE, founder of Small Business Saturday, said: “The British public has a great affection for small businesses, and we continue to see that grow year-on-year.

“Although the campaign focuses on one day, the goal is to have a lasting impact on small business by changing mindsets, so that people make it their mission to support small businesses all year round.”

How can you find out more?

Tearooms, greengrocers, boutiques and butchers – there are thousands of small businesses trading in local communities up against large multinational companies who need our support.

To keep an eye out for Small Business Saturday events and businesses in your area, follow @SmallBizSatUK on Twitter, or like the Facebook page.

Or for the full list of the Small Business Saturday 100, take a look here.

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