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Support local firms – Small Business Saturday and beyond

Press Release   •   Dec 04, 2013 11:13 GMT

Shoppers are being encouraged to support the local economy, starting at Small Business Saturday this weekend (7 December).

The campaign, the first of its kind in this country, aims to shine a spotlight on the huge contribution that small businesses make and on what is one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

The idea of Small Business Saturday comes from the USA where, over the last three years, spending in small businesses rose and led to a long-term increase in customers. It also helped local small business with networking opportunities, championed their vital role in local communities and created a real buzz about entrepreneurship and people setting up businesses.

Councillor Mike Connolly, leader of Bury Council said: “Local people have told me how much they care about Bury, particularly the small and independent companies that add to the character of our borough.

“Small businesses employ thousands of people in Bury and are important for our local economy. People value the choice they get from smaller shops, which is why I’m keen to celebrate the contribution they make to local communities and to support the first Small Business Saturday.”

For more on Small Business Saturday see www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com and join in the chatter via @SmallBizSatUK

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Press release issued: 4 December 2013.