Chris Oxlade has joined Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna MP in celebrating the contribution of small firms in Crawley as part of this year’s Small Business Saturday on 6th December.
Small Business Saturday is a grass-roots campaign that encourages people to shop locally and support small businesses in the local community. Last year it was the biggest celebration of small businesses in the UK and gave a boost to local shops through extra trade of nearly £500m.
Chris Oxlade is encouraging businesses in Crawley to take part this year and take advantage of the campaign to focus on small business on a key shopping day in the year in the run-up to Christmas. It also aims to give a long-term boost to trade and give a lift to the town centre and many small independent businesses working from home or small units. And Chris Oxlade is encouraging local people to shop locally in small firms as part of Small Business Saturday.
Chris Oxlade said: “It is so important that we support our small and independent businesses. They are a vital part of our Crawley economy and our local community. Last year, I organised a social media campaign to get behind them. From Tilgate Bakery to the new Avensys superstore, they add character, are a source of local jobs and often give more than the big chains.”
Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna MP said: “Last year when I first called for the UK to have its own Small Business Saturday, I could not have envisaged what we managed to achieve. We helped create the biggest celebration of small business and entrepreneurs that the country has seen and it helped give a boost to their bottom line. We brought together a grass roots coalition including business organisations and local authorities to make it happen.
“On one of the busiest shopping days of the year Small Business Saturday puts a spotlight on the huge contribution of small businesses and encourages people to buy from small shops and independent firms. This year we want it to be bigger and better. Please do put it in your diary.”