I will be supporting Small Businesses Saturday in Delyn this weekend.
Small Business Saturday takes place annually and this year will fall on 3 December. The campaign exists to raise the profile of small businesses and the important role they play within our communities and serves to encourage people to discover and value these businesses and ‘shop local’.
Last year 16.5 million people shopped in a small independent business during Small Business Saturday. 64% of UK consumers were aware of the day, and 55% of local authorities supported the campaign. In Wales there are roughly 222,000 small businesses, which has increased by 4% since last year, and it employs 54,000 people in Wales.
12,000 new small businesses opened in Wales in 2015/16 and 9,000 closed. Showing that we had a net growth of 3,000 new businesses. Small and medium sized businesses turned over £1,825,000,000 in the UK in 2015/16. This is second only to large businesses who employ more than 250 employees. Showing how important small and medium enterprises are to the health of the UK economy.
With the Christmas shopping season in full swing people will be browsing in shops, buying gifts online and popping into the shops for that last minute roll of wrapping paper. This Saturday is Small Business Saturday and I encourage everyone to go to their local independent shop in Delyn to help support our small businesses.
Small and medium sized businesses are the backbone of the British economy. They employ 54,000 people in Wales and contribute nearly £2 billion to the economy every year. Small businesses have been a success story for Wales in recent years and I want to see this success continues.
So, if you are thinking of doing your Christmas shopping this weekend why not consider going into town and buying something extra special from a small business.