Businesses bosses and local Labour chiefs met in Westminster this week to launch Small Business Saturday.
Councillor Rob Middleton, cabinet member for growth at Milton Keynes Council, and prospective parliamentary candidate Andrew Pakes gave their support to the second annual shop local campaign, joining Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna MP to help launch this year’s Small Business Saturday, which will be held on 6 December.
Small Business Saturday is a grassroots campaign that encourages people to shop locally and support small businesses in the local community. Last year it was the biggest celebration of small businesses in the UK and gave a boost to local shops through extra trade of nearly £500million.
Activities are taking place to promote small businesses across the UK, and in Milton Keynes Small Business Saturday has been extended with events and initiatives taking place over two weeks. Plans include a High Street’s campaign showcasing the best of our local high streets for the public.
Small Business Saturday will be held on Saturday 6 December this year, traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year, and Andrew Pakes is encouraging businesses in the borough to take advantage of the campaign to focus on small business on a key shopping day in the year in the run-up to Christmas.
He said: “It is so important that we support our small and independent businesses. We have some amazing businesses doing a great job, and we need to get behind them. There are lots of great businesses in Milton Keynes and the campaign is a great way of raising awareness and helping boost trade.”
Councillor Rob Middleton said: “In Milton Keynes Small Business Saturday has been supercharged with events taking place over two whole weeks.
“Numerous initiatives and events are planned, but as a flavour, High Street Information Packs showcasing the gems of our local high streets will be made available, and the small businesses who go that extra mile will be recognised. Small businesses underpin the vibrancy of our local communities. Championing their contribution, particularly at this time of the year with the festive season almost upon us, is absolutely critical.”