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Monday, October 26 at 15:53Federation Of Small Business | Fsb | Small Business Saturday

John Allan, National Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses tell us about their plans to support and celebrate Small Business Saturday this year.

"The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is a proud supporter of Small Business Saturday. We know from our research that for every £1 spent locally, £1.76 is placed back into the local economy, underlining the important contribution made by small firms to their communities.

We have encouraged our members to enter the Small Biz 100 campaign and over a quarter of those that have been selected are FSB members. I will personally be visiting some of these winners over the upcoming months and celebrating their achievement with them.

We are also working with MPs, on a cross party basis, to encourage them to visit the interesting, unique, and diverse businesses we have in our membership. In one area we are even hiring out a mini bus with the local MP as part of a tour of small firms. We are also working with local councils, many of whom have agreed support such as free parking on Small Business Saturday.

As experts in business, we will be supporting the Small Business Saturday bus tour stops. Alongside these, we will be facilitating advice and networking sessions for local businesses. This will be accompanied with a virtual social media campaign to raise awareness amongst local firms in each town as it arrives.

Our activities are as diverse as organising a market in Trafford with the leader of the council to running a ‘flash conga’ session for small businesses in Birmingham. In my own neck of the woods of Merseyside, we are running a ‘local at Christmas’ campaign to include a market at Knowlsey, setting up a Christmas tree in Sefton and organising the Christmas lights switch on at Southport.

Meanwhile in London and South Yorkshire, we are organising a ‘selfie challenge’ with councillors and MPs and for my own part, I will be taking the plunge and marking Small Business Saturday by doing a skydive for charity. Watch this space....

This is just a flavour of some of the many exciting things the FSB is up to in support of Small Business Saturday and I urge others to get behind the campaign and celebrate small firms."

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