A councillor has called for backing for the idea of a “Small Business Saturday” to celebrate and encourage consumers to shop at small local shops.
Councillor Margaret Pattison says “Small Business Saturday” would be used to encourage people to shop at independent businesses in their local area.
It would be promoted through local and regional authorities, local trade associations and business bodies, events showcasing small businesses’ contribution to their local economies and through online, national, regional and local media.
The concept is based on the “Small Business Saturday” initiative which already exists in the US. Councillor Margaret Pattison, who has run a small business as a freelance hairdresser for over 25 years, said: “I am very keen to establish and support a Small Business Saturday in our local area to champion small businesses and promote shopping on the high street in Morecambe and Heysham.
“We must do more to celebrate the contribution local, small independent businesses make to our district and encourage people to buy from them.
“Small businesses are the lifeblood of our local economy and play a hugely important role in our communities adding to its unique character.
“I plan to take the concept of a Small Business Saturday to Lancaster City Council in the form of a motion and ask other Councillors to support the idea. I will also be asking local small businesses to sign up as ambassadors to the campaign and work with the local media to promote the campaign further.