Firms are urged to support Small Business Saturday

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YORKSHIRE’s SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) are being urged to do their bit on a day that honours small firms.

Small Business Saturday, which is backed by a number of major business organisations, including the Federation of Small Businesses, is due to be held on December 6, after the success of the inaugural event last year.

The event is an annual non-commercial, non-political, grassroots campaign that supports small businesses. It encourages local communities to get behind their small businesses

Commenting on the launch, Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Small businesses are not just vital to local economies, they are also at the heart of communities. Small business owners should be enormously proud that shops, cafes and factories are playing such a key part in our economic recovery.

“Small Business Saturday is an important reminder that we need to celebrate small businesses not just on one day, but all year round.”

John Allan, FSB National Chairman, added: “The FSB was thrilled with the success of the first Small Business Saturday and we look forward to helping make this year an even greater celebration of small businesses.

“The day will give a platform to the UK’s magnificent range of independent small businesses and it’s an opportunity to show the public and all levels of Government why they should support our small firms every day.”

Chuka Umunna, Shadow Business Secretary added: “I’m hugely looking forward to this year’s event, which promises to be even bigger and better, raising three cheers for Britain’s small businesses.”

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “Small businesses are working hard to fuel our recovery and help us build a stronger economy. I am determined that we do all we can to help them.”

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