IF you want to give your local economy a boost, the answer’s simple – shop small.
For every £1 spent at a small business, at least 50p circulates back into the local economy. That’s why Tameside Council is backing Small Business Saturday (SBS) on December 3.
SBS highlights the 4.9 million small and medium-sized companies around the country which provide a personalised alternative to the mass-produced offerings of anonymous national retailers.
Shopping locally supports traders, their suppliers and the people on whom they depend to run their businesses. It helps the local economy by restoring confidence in the community, which in turn enables businesses to prosper and grow.
The organisers are hoping this year’s event – the fourth – will be the best yet. It has the enthusiastic backing of Tameside’s six town teams, all of which are promoting it on their individual websites.
To add a seasonal twist, the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Philip Fitzpatrick, will be criss-crossing the borough on December 3, visiting town-centre businesses accompanied by beautiful dogs from Tameside Huskies.
In 2015, customers spent an incredible £623 million at UK small businesses - an increase of almost £120 million or 24 per cent on the previous year. #SmallBizSatUK trended number-one on Twitter throughout the day after more than 100,000 tweets were issued in support of the initiative. These reached at least 25 million people.
Cllr Kieran Quinn, the executive leader of Tameside Council, said: “Our borough has many, wonderful small businesses across its town centres and Small Business Saturday has the full support of Tameside Council.
“We have always encouraged residents to shop locally and to look out for the many bargains on offer - that’s the whole point of our Tameside Loyalty Card scheme - but we especially ask them to do this on Saturday, December 3.”