Scotland urged to back Small Business Saturday


The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is asking Scots to back Small Business Saturday for a second year running by choosing to spend their festive pay packets with independent businesses this weekend.


Shoppers are being urged to to choose small businesses when spending their money this Saturday 6 December as part of a drive to support, inspire and promote small businesses in Scotland.


Over £460 million was spent in small enterprises across the UK on Small Business Saturday in 2013, according to the organisers. This year the FSB wants even more people to back small businesses and support Scottish high streets.


Andy Willox, the FSB’s Scottish policy convenor, said: “It doesn’t matter if you’re putting in an order for Christmas dinner, buying a gift for a loved one or meeting a friend for a coffee or beer, we’d love it if Scots supported Small Business Saturday for a second year.


Stall holder Claudia Ulaas at the German Market, Edinburgh
Stall holder Claudia Ulaas at the German Market, Edinburgh


“Independent retailers and other small enterprises often offer goods and services which you can’t find elsewhere. Small Business Saturday offers a real opportunity to connect phenomenal small businesses with locals who perhaps aren’t aware of the great small businesses on their doorstep.”


Richard Baker, MSP for North East Scotland, laid a motion in the Scottish Parliament supporting the campaign and urging other to get behind the event. He said:


“I’m delighted to see so many MSPs from across the political spectrum backing this motion and the campaign. It shows that we all value our small business community and understand the key role they play in our local economies.


“I’ll be visiting small businesses in my local area on Small Business Saturday. Will you?”