Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
Jan Harris
Assistant Editor
4:00 PM 6th December 2019

Shop Local This Christmas

Taking place on the first Saturday of December, Small Business Saturday celebrates the huge contribution that small businesses make to the British economy and their local communities.

Created by American Express, the first Small Business Saturday started in the US back in 2010, at a time when the world was recovering from the financial crisis.

Small Business Saturday is now in its seventh year in the UK and has grown to become a key calendar moment in the US, UK and Australia.

Small Business Saturday is now thought to be one of the busiest weekends of the year, as it is the first Saturday in the UK after payday for most people and so encourages everyone to start their Christmas shopping.

Last year’s Shop Small national campaign created by American Express was a huge success showcasing and celebrating small businesses from all over the UK in the lead up to Small Business Saturday.

Customers last year spent an estimated £812m with UK small businesses on Small Business Saturday, an 8% increase on last year.

So with Christmas fast approaching why don't we support our small businesses by shopping locally in the streets and markets of our villages, towns and cities otherwise our local high street might disappear forever.

Let us go out tomorrow and support the 5.6 million small businesses across the country on Small Business Saturday and keep our local high street alive.