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Published on December 5th, 2014 | by The GC Team

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Local Councils back Small Business Saturday

Local Councils have come out in support of Small Business Saturday, which is expected to generate more than £500 million for small firms throughout the UK.

Like Black Friday, the event is another import from the US, which last year proved to be a success in the UK, encouraging shoppers to support local high street traders and bringing in around £460 million in revenues.

South Staffordshire Council said that businesses across its district will be offering a host of special deals and discounts for consumers to take advantage of on the day.

“Small Business Saturday is a celebration of small, independent shops and services, and here in South Staffordshire we’re looking to raise the profile of all the fantastic small businesses we have right on our doorstep.”

Portsmouth City Council is offering free parking in a number of car parks across the City and local traders are being urged to mark the day with special offers and to spread the ‘keep trade local’ message.

Nottingham City Council said it will be working with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and other partners to help to promote the second UK Small Business Saturday, and is also offering parking incentives to encourage shoppers to take part in the event.

John Allan, National Chairman of the FSB, which is supporting the day by staging local events across the UK, highlighting the value of small firms to local MPs and councillors as they visit independent traders and talk to local businesses, said: “Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity to remember the small businesses at the heart of our communities.

“When consumers see the diversity and value on offer, we hope it will make them more inclined to use local small firms, leading to booming local economies and more diverse high streets.

“The UK’s 5.2 million small businesses are driving the economic recovery and Small Business Saturday helps to remind us what fantastic firms are out there.”

The FSB has also supported the Small Business Saturday campaign bus, as it visits a number of cities including Edinburgh, Manchester, Nottingham and London.

“After all the fanfare of Black Friday, the UK is gearing itself up for Small Business Saturday.  This gives local retailers their turn in the spotlight and the chance to win the hearts and minds of their local community,” said David McCorquodale, head of retail at KPMG.

“Independent retailers are the life blood of the British high street, and if supported by shoppers and local government, have the potential to become the big brands of tomorrow.

“The High Street is the heartbeat of the community, but if it’s not supported it will disappear. By supporting your local high street, you are also supporting the growth of the local economy and providing a seed-bed for the next generation of retailers.

“Based on the success of last year’s event, I predict that approximately half a billion pounds will be spent in small businesses on Small Business Saturday.”

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