Small Business Saturday is celebrated in style

8 December 2015

Small businesses across the South East Midlands took part in Small Business Saturday, a national event to celebrate independent traders and champion the principle of ‘shop local’.

The UK’s largest small business event was held on December 5, with local traders, politicians and small business groups showing their support.

Minister for Small Business Anna Soubry MP, who visited Milton Keynes last month to see the work done by Velocity to help small businesses, said: “Small Business Saturday is an opportunity to come together as one nation and get behind the small businesses which form the backbone of our economy and employ 12 million people across the UK.”

Free parking was available in many town centres across the region and several shopping zones laid on special events to raise the profiles of local small businesses.

“Small Business Saturday has become an exceptional example of collaboration and co-operation with small businesses teaming up in communities around the UK,” explained campaign director Michelle Ovens.

“We aim to showcase the level of diversity, innovation and talent that is active within our small business sector. Small Business Saturday works towards persuading people to get out and support their friends, neighbours and family members and reinforce local communities and economies.”

Official attendance numbers for the event are yet to be released, but many are predicting that this could be a record-breaking year for Small Business Saturday.