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Today is Small Business Saturday

Sarah Green December 6, 2014

December 6 is Small Business Saturday (SBS), which provides a great opportunity to celebrate and show support for Britain’s 5.2 million small and medium-sized businesses.

SImon Kirby, MP for Brighton Kemptown & Peacehaven
SImon Kirby, MP for Brighton Kemptown & Peacehaven

WHETHER it’s a local manufacturer, builder, restaurant, tea room or bookshop, all of these companies keep local communities going: creating jobs, driving growth and ensuring our high streets survive and succeed.

Simon Kirby, MP for Brighton Kemptown and supporter of SBS, said: “I like to support small local businesses as often as I can, using businesses ranging from printers like WASP down the road from my constituency office in Peacehaven to local independent coffee shops like the Red Roaster on St James’s Street, and I would encourage as many of you as possible to join me tomorrow in doing the same.”

Small and medium sized businesses are working to improve Britain’s recovery. The Government is helping, with greater business support, access to finance and competitive taxes to help them thrive. The result is more than a hundreds of thousand more small and medium enterprises operate in theUK than in 2010.

Last year, SBS generated around £468 million. There are special events taking part all over the country – backed by cross party support and organisations like the Federation of Small Businesses, Young Enterprise, The Prince’s Trust and others.

Simon added: “We are fortunate to have many excellent small businesses here in Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven. They are part of what makes the area so special. I wish good luck to all of them on Small Business Saturday and every success for the future.”