The Forum of Private Business (FPB) is leading a call for councils to cut car parking charges on Small Business Saturday.
The event will take place on 7th December across the UK and will celebrate small businesses and entrepreneurs. Shoppers will be encouraged to buy from small, local businesses and many shops will hold events and promotions.
The FPB is urging all councils to suspend parking charges on the day in order to further encourage shoppers to visit small businesses. Since the Small Business Saturday campaign launched earlier this year, some councils have agreed to trial free or reduced charge parking initiatives.
Phil Orford MBE, chief executive of the Forum of Private Business said “Small businesses make up the grass roots of our membership and are at the heart of every local community. The Forum is a proud supporter of Small Business Saturday, which is about reconnecting people with the small businesses in their local areas and demonstrating the enormous value that they bring to individual customers and to the UK as whole. To make it a real success everyone needs to play their part and local councils have a key role to play in removing one of the barriers for small businesses.”