Business Doncaster and Doncaster Council are urging people to get behind a national campaign that recognises the vital role small businesses play in the economy.
Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘buy local’ and support small businesses in their communities.
The day itself takes place on the first Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses. This year Small Business Saturday will take place on Saturday 1 December.
From manufacturers to retailers, Doncaster small businesses are based across the borough, are valued employers and provide a range of services.
Doncaster’s SME business community represents a total of 10,755 businesses employing between 0 and 249 employees and accounts for a staggering 99.5% of the total number of businesses in the borough. 8935 of this figure represent micro businesses, those employing less than 10 employees. To appreciate the value and contribution small businesses play in the local economy, over 100,000 people are currently employed by SME’s in the borough.
Chris Dungworth, Manager of Business Doncaster said: “Business Doncaster fully supports national initiatives such as Small Business Saturday which recognise the value of small and independent businesses. We work with many of the smaller businesses across the borough offering information, advice and guidance on areas such as starting up, winning new business, managing accounts, bidding for council contracts and exploring finance to help them to expand and grow. We will continue to do everything we can to nurture businesses and support existing businesses to ensure Doncaster remains a profitable place to do business.
“This is a great opportunity for small businesses and independent retailers to promote their business and we encourage Doncaster residents to show their support and keep their Christmas shopping local this year.”
Show your support for small businesses this year and #BuyLocal #YourDN1