On Saturday morning I visited small businesses in Lancaster as part of Small Business Saturday. I did my bit too by picking up the first few items of my Christmas shopping for family and friends. And given what happened on Saturday night our small businesses will be needing your support more than ever. We need a strong local economy in order to have a strong local community. The New Economics Foundation calculates that every pound spent with a local business is worth £1.76 to the local economy, while on the other hand every pound spent with an out of area business is only worth 36p.
Launched in 2013, Small Business Saturday brought a boost to local high streets across the country. In 2014, 16.5 million Britons visited a local independent store – 2.7m more than on Small Business Saturday in 2013.
For more information on the campaign see Small Business Saturday UK.
Thank you to the small business' who welcomed me to their premises in both Lancaster and Fleetwood:
- The Robert Gillow
- Filbert's Bakery
- The Fig Tree Fair Trade Centre & Cafe
- Northern Rags
- Heaven Sent Baby Gifts
- London Leathers
- Craft Central