Small businesses urged to join national campaign day

Small Business Saturday, the annual campaign to celebrate small businesses across the UK, is back again on 7th December, and Iain Gray MSP and Martin Whitfield MP are urging local small businesses to get involved in the day this year.

Now in its seventh year, Small Business Saturday encourages customers across the UK 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 in the campaign and help promote what they do. They are planning to use their social media to help highlight local businesses in the run-up to the day and want to hear from them now.

They paid a visit to George Thomson’s newly-opened cafe in Tranent to thank him for his contribution to the community and help spread the message about the important role of small businesses.

Iain Gray MSP said:

“I have always supported Small Business Saturday and have watched it grow into an important campaign promoting the crucial role small businesses play in our local economy and communities.

“This year I am keen to do more to help promote local businesses in the run-up to the day, either by visiting to find out more about the business and what they offer or just by promoting them via my social media.

“I hope that this will help to increase interest in the day and 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 wonderful opportunity to celebrate the vital contribution small businesses make in their local areas and help give them a boost at this crucial time of the year.

“The campaign’s efforts to encourage people to shop locally and support small businesses in their locality have enjoyed great success and has undoubtedly helped businesses here and across the UK.

“I’m delighted to be supporting the day again this year and am urging businesses that want to be involved to contact me so that we can do something to help promote them in the run-up to 7th December.”

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