The Federation of Small Businesses is encouraging everyone to back their local small businesses this festive season, as we approach Small Business Saturday this weekend.
Now in its fourth year, the 2016 campaign theme is Small Business, Big Difference. The campaign celebrates the contribution made to the life of the nation by the UK’s 5.5 million small business owners.
More than a fifth of this year’s Small Biz 100, the one hundred businesses promoted each day since August, are FSB members. FSB supports the independent, grassroots Small Business Saturday campaign, which celebrates small firms of every kind.
Last year more than £600m was spent with small businesses on the day itself, a rise of over £100m from the previous year (2014).
FSB research shows that for every £1 spent with a small or medium-size business, 63p is re-spent in the local area. This is compared to 40p in every £1 spent with a chain or larger business.
Mike Cherry, (pictured) National Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “As we approach Christmas, now is the time for all of us to go out and celebrate our local businesses. Small firms make a big difference to their community and the life of the nation, with many going above and beyond to help their small business neighbours and local start-ups. FSB backs the campaign at branch, region, nation and UK level as a way to say a simple ‘thank you’ to small business owners in every corner of the country.
Free parking will be available in all council car parks, apart from the Talbot multi-story car park, from 2pm until midnight.