Saturday 3rd December is Small Business Saturday, the campaign which promotes the interests of small and medium sized businesses and encourages the public to shop locally. This is the fourth year of the national initiative, and last year more than £623 million was spent on the day in independent businesses.
Nationally, over half of the private sector workforce is in small businesses, and Nicola knows that the success of our local economy is built on the hard work of people running and working for them. Nicola has been out and about in independent shops across her constituency doing some Christmas shopping and asking residents their favourite small business.
Each year Nicola runs her #shopsmall campaign asking locals to nominate their favourite small business. You can nominate your favourite here or with a nomination form distributed to local shops. Each year Nicola receives fantastic feedback about shops up and down her constituency, showing the hard work of business owners and loyalty of customers who shop local.
Fabulous Flowers, Mostly Books, Simon’s News, Galaxy Techn0 and The Nursery Shop all in Abingdon are just a few of the shops who have been taking part in the Shop Small initiative.
Read Nicola’s recent article about the importance of supporting our small businesses here.
Nicola says: I want to reward our independent retailers, those who rise early and work late putting their livelihoods at risk to bring vibrancy to our towns and villages; they know what local people want and work hard to deliver it. I would encourage everyone to support our small businesses, #shoplocal campaign is just one way to do it, and not just on Small Business Saturday but all year round.