Small Business Saturday Raised £468 million

Saturday the 7th December saw the first small business Saturday held in the UK, following the events success in the US. According to the official facebook page for Small Business Saturday UK the event raised a total £468 million for small businesses across the UK, that’s an average of £33 per head.

 

Councils such Nottinghamshire County Council and Liverpool City Council also did what they could to support the day. Nottinghamshire had free parking for the day and Liverpool tested 2 hours free parking. Schemes aimed at getting people back onto their local high streets. Last month the Federation of Small Businesses survey found that the cost of parking was a major reason why people often did not shop on their local high street.

 

2014 Conservative Candidate for Blackheath Westcombe Thomas Turrell who helped to promote small business Saturday said “I’m delighted that small business Saturday was such a success. Local shops in Greenwich have not had it easy with the Councils badly introduced pavement tax and last years attempt to hike parking charges. It’s great that so many members of our community came out to show their support to the local shops that do so much for our community”.