Saturday 3rd December 2016 is small business Saturday, this is a day when we are encouraged to shop locally and in small independent stores rather then big chains. It is a non-profit campaign aimed to support local businesses and their communities and to have a lasting effect on these small businesses.
American Express created the idea of a small business Saturday in the United States in 2010 and in 2013 supported the first Small business Saturday in the UK.
In 2015, small businesses across the UK made around £623 million. This is an increase on previous years and means that rather then the money going to the owner of large businesses who are probably making millions of pound a year, it is going to smaller family run businesses and helping to put food on their table, send their daughter to ballet classes or their son to football club.
Many politicians and local councils are supporting small business Saturday and offering customers perks (such as free parking) for shopping on this day. Please ask your local council if they are offering anything.
Although shopping at small independent businesses may be a little more expensive and you may not get the offers and deals that you can get in larger chains, shopping locally means that the money is more likely to be put back into the local community and ultimately helps everyone. Even if everyone buys just one item in an small independent shop this Saturday, we would be helping our local communities.
Please considerer buying something from a small business this Saturday instead of shopping in a larger chain.