Parliamentarians are supporting Small Business Saturday

Iain Gray MSP and Martin Whitfield MP are helping to promote this year’s Small Business Saturday, the annual campaign to highlight small businesses and encourage consumers to ‘shop local’.

On Small Business Saturday, customers across the UK are encouraged to go out and support all types of small businesses, online, in offices and in stores. Many small businesses take part in the day by hosting events and offering discounts.

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

This year the day itself is taking place on Saturday 1st December, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses throughout the year. Last year’s campaign was the most successful yet with an estimated £748 million spent on the day.

Iain Gray MSP said:

“I have been a supporter of Small Business Saturday since it was launched back in 2013. It has grown considerably over the years and is now established as a popular annual fixture for promoting the importance of small businesses.

By highlighting small and independent businesses and the choice they offer local people, the day has helped raise awareness of what is available and why people should shop locally. I’m sure that people in East Lothian will support the campaign again this year and help boost our crucial local small businesses.”

Martin Whitfield MP said: 

“Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity to celebrate and promote the contribution small businesses make to local economies and communities. Local businesses and independent shops are mainstays of our high streets and smaller communities and deserve to be supported.

“The campaign’s efforts to encourage people to shop locally and support small businesses in their area have enjoyed great success and the campaign is growing every year. I’m delighted to be supporting the day again this year and look forward to promoting it in the coming weeks.”

Businesses and consumers can find out more about Small Business Saturday and how to get involved at