Saturday, December 05, 2015

Today is Small Business Saturday ...

Today, Saturday 5th December, is Small Business Saturday on which Britain celebrates the successes of small businesses and shoppers are encouraged to support local small businesses in your neighbourhood, particularly in local high streets.

Small Business Saturday is in its third year, and aims to encourage people to spend locally rather than with international chains.

There are around five million small firms in the UK which employ half of the country's workforce. The Federation of Small businesses said that for every pound spent at an independent company, around 70p stays in the local economy.

The government said it wants to help "cut red tape" for small businesses. Business Secretary Sajid Javid added:

"Small Business Saturday is an opportunity to come together and generate a real boost for small firms in the run-up to Christmas.
"Having grown up above the family shop myself, I'm proud of the UK's small businesses, providing jobs and security for millions of people and making a huge contribution to our economy."

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