Small Business Saturday UK is a not-for-profit campaign, supporting, inspiring and promoting small businesses.
It was launched in the UK in 2013. and falls on the busiest shopping day each year – the first Saturday in December.
The Dying High Street
We hear on the news on a regular basis that large chain stores are suffering in the present economic situation. High street shops are disappearing at a rapid rate not being helped by the advance of ‘shopping on-line’. Is it time for the small business to make a reappearance?
The campaign encourages businesses to promote themselves and work with other small businesses. Consumers are encouraged to ‘shop local’ and support small, independent businesses in their communities.
In 2016, research after the day suggested that consumers spent £717m with small businesses on Small Business Saturday. An increase of 15% on 2015 spending.
Small Business Saturday 2017 was the most successful campaign yet with an estimated £748 million spent on the day.
Support from The Federation of Small Businesses (fsb)
The Small Business Saturday UK initiative has attracted the support of leading business organisations including the Federation of Small Businesses, Association of City and Town Management, Association of Convenience Stores and Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association. It has received wide support from all political parties and a number of large corporations.
fsb members own small businesses, are self-employed, innovate and take risks. They work tirelessly to succeed, often with little or no recognition for the positive impact they may have on their community or local economy. They believe that anyone who has a good idea and takes a risk to put it into practice is a Real Life Entrepreneur.
The federation champion their Real Life Entrepreneurs by promoting the issues that affect small businesses in Government.
The traditional high street is changing. Small retailers in particular, are facing spiralling business rates and ever-increasing rents. On top of this, high parking charges, poor infrastructure and the loss of vital banking services, have added to the woes of small businesses.
Small business owners are resilient and adaptable. The fsb are working with Government and local authorities to come together to face the issues so that our high streets are not only able to survive but to thrive.
How we can help?
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