Friday, December 4, 2015

News: Spend Small Business Saturday in Rotherham

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This Saturday, December 5 is Small Business Saturday.

Launching in the UK in 2013, Small Business Saturday is a grassroots, non-political, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to support them in their communities, both on the Saturday and beyond.

The concept is based on the initiative that already exists in America. In the US, Small Business Saturday takes place on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving celebrations, one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Conceived and promoted by American Express, Small Business Saturday complements "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" which focus largely on big box and online retailers.

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As part of Small Business Saturday, the award winning RiDO business advisors, Bob Langley and Martyn Benson, are holding a drop-in session – 9.30 to 3.30 – at 34 High Street in Rotherham town centre. The session is for people considering starting a business or existing local small businesses.

At the same time, local legal firm, Malcolm C Foy Solicitors is holding a free legal drop-in, aimed at the same people, at their office on Bridgegate. They will have multi-lingual staff in attendance. The expert advice should help with business structures, commercial agreements and leases, policies, regulations, employment law and intellectual property.

For existing town centre businesses there will also be a gift wrapping service on offer to Christmas shoppers by the RiDO team in Howard Street, next to Superdrug.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) research shows that spending with local businesses gives an extra boost to local economies compared to spending with their larger counterparts. For every £1 spent by a local authority with a small or medium-sized business, 63p is then spent elsewhere in the local area, backing jobs and growth - compared to just 40p in every £1 spent with a larger business. This emphasises the enormous benefit of keeping trade local, and hopefully encourages more people to start looking at ways of supporting the diverse and innovative small businesses in their community.

The FSB is the UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms, representing around 200,000 small businesses.

Gordon Millward, regional chairman for the FSB, said: "Last year 16.5 million people turned out to support a local small business on Small Business Saturday, generating an impressive £504m for small firms in just one day. This year, we are again encouraging everyone to back small firms throughout the economy, not just in retail, to make the day bigger and better than ever. With 5.4 million small businesses in the UK, there has never been a better time to celebrate their contribution to their communities."

RiDO website
FSB website
Small Business Saturday website

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