Parliamentarians are backing Small Business Saturday

Iain Gray MSP and Martin Whitfield MP are supporting this year’s Small Business Saturday (2nd December), the annual campaign encouraging people to shop locally and support small businesses in their local community.

Now entering its fifth year, Small Business Saturday is the UK’s most successful small business campaign. Small Business Saturday 2016 had a huge impact, with customers spending £717m with small businesses on Small Business Saturday, an increase of 15 per cent on 2015 spending.

Over 140,000 tweets were sent on the day reaching 130 million people, trending on Twitter in the UK and globally, and over 80 per cent of local authorities across the UK actively supported the campaign.

Mr Gray and Mr Whitfield are encouraging businesses in East Lothian to take part and take advantage of the campaign, which aims to boost support for small business on a key shopping day in the run-up to Christmas, as well as give a long-term boost to trade.

They will be visiting some local businesses in the run-up to 2nd December and on the day itself.

Iain Gray MSP said:

“I have been supporting Small Business Saturday since it was launched in 2013. It has grown every year and is clearly having a big impact on the way customers shop. By putting the spotlight on small and independent businesses and the choice they offer local people, the day has helped raise awareness of the importance of shopping locally.

“I’m confident that local people will support the initiative again this year and help make it an even greater success for our vital local small businesses. I will certainly be giving it my full support over the next few weeks.”

Martin Whitfield MP said:

“Small businesses are the bedrock of local economies and communities. Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity to celebrate this and promote what local businesses have to offer, especially in the run-up to Christmas.

“It can only be a good thing to encourage people to buy from small local firms and independent shops on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. I’ll be doing all I can to support local small businesses in the lead up to Small Business Saturday and look forward to meeting with business owners too.”

Find out more about this year’s Small Business Saturday and how to get involved at