Shop locally on Small Business Saturday

News Release from East Hampshire District Council

little-vintage-shopResidents are being urged to show their support for small businesses by shopping in their local area on Saturday 6 December 2014, Small Business Saturday.

Small businesses continue to play a significant role in maintaining the vibrancy and prosperity of rural towns and villages. The difficult economic climate together with increasing competition from online services means that the small businesses are having to work harder to survive.

By shopping local on Small Business Saturday, the residents will have acknowledged the role of small businesses in the area and help boost confidence in the local business community.

Recent research by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) showed that for every £1 spent with a small or medium-sized business (SME) 63p was re-spent in the local area.

In East Hampshire, small businesses account for 58% of local jobs and represent 99% of all the businesses in the district, making them vital to the East Hampshire economy.

Councillor Julie Butler, East Hampshire District Councillor responsible for economic development said: ‘Small businesses are the life-blood of this district.

‘As a district council we do our bit to support small businesses and independent retailers, offering grants, help and advice through our Economic Development team.

‘Small Business Saturday is one day that I hope encourages residents to shop in their local area all year round to support the businesses in their town or village.’

The district council is a strong supporter of local businesses, providing additional support to encourage apprenticeships in the district as well as start-up grants for businesses trying to get off the ground.  The district council has awarded £70,000 in grants to small businesses in the area through the Business Start-up grant scheme since it began in 2007.

Jackie Parker, proprietor of Little Vintage Interiors, a retailer in Alton who recently received an EHDC Business Start-up Grant said: ‘Our business start-up grant was a bit of additional help when we needed it most. We used the grant to help with our marketing and the business has continued to grow, recently moving into new, larger premises.’

To find out more about Small Business Saturday, go to www.facebook.com/SmallBusinessSaturdayUK

Business East Hants is a partnership with East Hampshire District Council representing local businesses. To find out more or to join, go to www.businesseasthants.org