The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is encouraging people to support their local small business on Small Business Saturday this weekend (December 3).
Now in its fourth year, the 2016 campaign ‘Small Business, Big Difference’ celebrates the contribution the UK’s 5.5 million small business owners make to local communities.
More than £600m was spent with small businesses on Small Business Saturday last year, up from £100m in 2014.
Mike Cherry (pictured), national chairman of the FSB, 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. The 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.
“We hope even more people will turn out this year, to value the diversity and vibrancy of the UK small business community. This is a good moment to check out what small local businesses offer the whole year round. Whether you’re shopping, buying services or products, choosing where to go for a meal, or building a website – hard-working, innovative small businesses in the UK are the first place you should look.”