News: Small Business Saturday Could Save Local Shops

The Labour party is leading a call for the UK to begin a US-style Small Business Saturday scheme.

Inspired by a popular American initiative, Labour’s Chuka Umanna has suggested that the UK dedicates one day a year to encourage people to shop at small, independent businesses.

With a suggested date of December 7, it is hoped that the UK’s Small Business Saturday could help to raise awareness and boost sales for small businesses on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

Mr Umunna said “We must do more to celebrate the contribution local, small independent businesses make to our economy and encourage people to buy from them. A Small Business Saturday in the UK is something all local authorities, whatever their political persuasion, could support and promote.”

The Department for Communities and Local Government said it will take the idea into consideration.

Do you think Small Business Saturday could have a positive impact on local businesses? Would it encourage you to support independent retailers? Leave us a comment to let us know your thoughts.

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