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Support Your Local Businesses This Christmas

Author: Chris Stanley Published: 1st December 2014 16:23

Small Business Saturday, Rugby Town

Small Business Saturday - Saturday 6th December 2014

Saturday 6th December will see the return of ‘Small Business Saturday', a national campaign, which raises awareness of the importance of small businesses and encourages consumers to ‘shop local'.

Local backing will come from Aftab Gaffar from Rugby First, Mark Pawsey MP for Rugby, and Paul Miles Rogers from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

All three will be visiting Rugby town centre businesses on Friday 5th December to show their support in advance of the big day!    

Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-political, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local' and support small businesses in their communities.

The day itself takes place on the first shopping Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses.

Small and medium sized businesses account for 99.9 percent of all private sector businesses in the UK, 59.3 per cent of private sector employment and 48.1 per cent of private sector turnover. They employ 14.4 million people and have a combined turnover of £1,600 billion so they are major players in the UK economy!

Aftab Gaffar said:

"Small businesses are of vital importance to the town centre and wider economy. For every one pound spent with a small or medium sized business sixty-three pence stays in the local economy, compared to forty pence with a larger business.

We are proud to be supporting the campaign and see it as a great way of raising awareness of small businesses in the town centre. We have some excellent and unique businesses in the town and I would encourage customers to show their support for these by using them, not only on the 6 December but throughout the year."

Mark Pawsey said:

"Small businesses are the lifeblood of our local economy here in Rugby and I am delighted to be supporting Small Businesses Saturday.

As a former businessman myself I have always been keen to shine a light on what our small local businesses have to offer and this initiative will help showcase the incredible diversity of the retail offer we have in Rugby of which we should be proud."

Paul Miles Rogers, said:

"I believe it is important that we all show our support for the local businesses who play a vital role supporting the local economy here in Rugby.

Small businesses are at the heart of our local town and it's important to remember that if we don't use them they face closure. Small Business Saturday is an opportunity to remind people of the excellent products and services local businesses offer when they head out to do their Christmas shopping on the 6th December."

For further information on Small Business Saturday please visit www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com


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