5 million UK small business enterprises (SMEs) look for support this Small Business Saturday.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 will see the first UK national Small Business Day with initiatives throughout the UK that will shine more light on small businesses. Small businesses are estimated to contribute to 60 percent of jobs and nearly 50 percent of private sector turnover, and as such are essential to the UK economy.
The Small Business Saturday initiative was started by American Express in the US in 2010 and promoted the first Saturday after Thanksgiving. The credit card company will be assisting in the support of the UK leg also attracting help from business organisations including the Federation of Small Businesses, Forum for Private Business, the Association of Convenience Stores, the British Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Town & City Management (ATCM).
Small business champions Ingenious Britain and Start-up Britain aim to support countless entrepreneurs, collectively representing hundreds of thousands of local businesses.
The UK Prime Minister David Cameron has voiced his support on Twitter as have new Small Business Ambassador, Karren Brady, Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock MP and Vince Cable MP in addition to numerous other councils and MPs. Business celebrities James Caan, Piers Linney and Martha Lane Fox are backing the campaign via social media. To see what other brands and organisations are involved read more at the Small Business UK Facebook page.
Although the attention is to support SMEs this coming Saturday, the sentiment is very much to keep the momentum going. Given how small businesses are engrained into our culture and are the backbone of the UK was echoed by Chuka Umunna, the Shadow Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills, "We must do more to celebrate the contribution local, small, independent businesses make to our economy and encourage people to buy from them.”
"Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy, play a hugely important role in our communities and add to the unique character of each locality,” adds Umunna.
Find out more about Small Business Saturday, download the digital pack, enquire how to support your local SMEs or receive further information on how to get your business involved visit the dedicated microsite.
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