Small Business Saturday – 3 December 2016
Published 2 December 2016
Small Business Saturday takes place tomorrow, Saturday 3rd December, and will celebrate and promote the role of small and independent traders throughout the UK.
As well as encouraging consumers to shop locally, the day will serve to highlight the contribution that small retailers, traders and businesses make to the local economy and community, which we may often take for granted.
Small businesses often offer a range of positive benefits for consumers including: product choice, service quality, accessibility and local jobs.
Within recent years, the number of small and independent businesses has been on the rise, with a demand for more ‘one-off’ items which cannot be found in bigger chain stores or eateries.
The current ‘coffee culture’ is benefitting Belfast and other provincial towns, with many new cafes opening and offering fresh, homemade produce. Artisan fairs and ‘pop-up’ markets are now also giving local traders an opportunity to promote their services and products.
Gordon McElroy, Director of MKB Law and President of the Belfast Chamber comments: “Independents’ Day is a great opportunity for consumers to see for themselves the many benefits of shopping locally – it is also a chance for traders themselves to show that they offer can often rival or better what is offered by the bigger chains.
Many of our members in the Belfast Chamber are independent traders themselves, and their presence and contribution is vital to our retail sector here in Belfast and beyond.”