Mid Ulster will be buzzing for ‘Small Business Saturday’ as the region’s towns prepare to celebrate the depth and breadth of its ‘shop local’ opportunities.
Part of a national campaign to encourage people to support local traders and businesses by looking at what’s on their doorsteps before opting to travel to major towns and cities, Small Business Saturday takes place on Saturday 2 December in the towns Cookstown, Dungannon and Magherafelt, together with Coalisland and Maghera.
Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Kim Ashton has welcomed the support for Small Business Saturday:
“I’m delighted that the Council has again pledged its support to the Small Business Saturday campaign. It is a great opportunity for us to continue to reinforce the ‘shop local’ message particularly at a time when so much shopping is done online.
“We are lucky in Mid Ulster to have such a large number of locally owned, quality, independent shops right on our doorsteps so I would encourage everyone to take advantage of this unique retail offering and support the small and medium sized enterprises that are so important to the economy of Mid Ulster.”
Wilfred Mitchell, Federation of Small Businesses, Northern Ireland Policy Chair, added: “It’s great that Mid Ulster District Council is once again taking the opportunity to show their support for local small businesses. It has been a tough few years for small firms and, even with the economy picking up again, challenges remain.
“Small Business Saturday is our chance as consumers to recognise the contribution that small and medium sized businesses make to our community. Across Northern Ireland, we encourage people to support local traders all year round, because small businesses employ more people than the rest of the private sector and entire public sector combined, so it’s vital that we all play our part in helping those businesses to continue to survive and thrive.”
For more information about Small Business Saturday visit www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com.