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UK Contractors: Small Business Saturday to take place this weekend

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Small business owners, such as Limited company contractors, will be interested to hear that Small Business Saturday is to take place this weekend.

After proving a success last year, Small Business Saturday is to return for its second year on Saturday 6th December – an event that will encourage people to shop more locally, and in turn help the UK’s smaller businesses to promote themselves, generate local trade and to gain the support they deserve. 

Small Business Saturday originated in America, and has now come to the UK, founded by American Express.

Research carried out by American Express has revealed that shopping locally in small shops creates £537 million worth of free services to local communities annually in the UK. For every £1 spent by independent firms, 60p goes straight back into the local economy. 

It is hoped that the event taking place not long after ‘Black Friday’ will help to encourage shoppers further with spending on a local level. 

Rafa Marquez, UK managing director at American Express, said, ”This research shines a spotlight on those personal, added value services that take the notion of customer service to another level. We hope the rest of the country joins us in showing appreciation for these heroes of our high street by shopping small this Small Business Saturday.” 

Kate Hardcastle, retail expert and supporter of Small Business Saturday, commented, “We’ve long known that small businesses make a big contribution to their local economies.  What this research gives us for the first time is a sense of the extent to which independent small shops are investing in their local communities.”

Business Secretary Vince Cable also commented, “The Government is fully behind the Small Business Saturday campaign, which gives people the opportunity to trumpet the valuable contribution they make, not just to the economy but their local communities. 

“This event is an opportunity for you to show support for these businesses and take advantage of the huge array of goods and services they have on offer.”

Considering making the switch from working as a permanent employee to a contractor? Then read our free downloadable guide to moving from permanent to contracting, you may also find our advantages and disadvantages of a Limited company page useful.

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