Here in the UK there is a grass-roots campaign going on that I would like to tell you about - Small Business Saturday. From the internet I see that this is being derived from a very successful campaign that was held in the US, so I am sure readers based in America will be familiar with this:
From the 7th of December - two weeks from now - a nationwide campaign will start, focusing on bringing small businesses to the attention of the public. Small to medium size businesses in the UK generate almost half of the private sector's turnover and provides two thirds of private sector employment. However, with competition from the high street, the internet, supermarket convenience stores as well as the rising cost of supplies, bills and rent, small businesses are in danger of being wiped out from our towns, cities and communities. Small Business Saturday is the key to fighting back and a chance for small, independent businesses to receive the recognition that they deserve.
The decline of independent shops and small businesses fuels the presence of betting shops, pawn brokers and pay-day-lenders. Skills, liveihoods and the prospect of jobs in the area are a struggle to retain due to lack of diversity, lack of identity and lack of local economic interest. It is a very, very sad state of affairs. Hopefully now, things can change.
I believe that this campaign can make a huge difference to the fortunes of small independent businesses and have a positive impact on the communities where they are based. I hope that if you are reading this that you are encouraged to take part. On Saturday 7th of December, please do go out into town and visit independent shops in your area - some of them will running special discounts for the event. Please do out and visit the farmers market/market fairs your community might be hosting. Through your custom, big or small, and your continued interest we can all help breathe a little life back into our towns and villages and help support our local economy. This in turn will provide opportunity and growth, jobs and liveihoods.
If you would like to help spread the word online, you can follow Small Business Saturday on Twitter and on Facebook @SmallBizSatUK and you can use #SmallBizSatUK to help take part. There is also another initiative going on with @LiveShopLocal / #LiveShopLocal.
Thank you very much! And wherever you are - even if you are outside of the UK, please support your independent shops!
Small Business Saturday UK