Please note that due to adverse weather, the entertainment planned for Small Business Saturday has been cancelled.
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 5 December.
The towns of Cookstown, Dungannon and Magherafelt, together with Coalisland and Maghera, will each be marking the event with on-street entertainment across the town centres from 12noon to 3pm.
Councillor Linda Dillon, Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, has welcomed the support for Small Business Saturday:
“This is a grassroots campaign and at this time of year when shopping, whether for festive food or parties and presents, is foremost in our minds, Small Business Saturday helps us to remember that we have a huge number of locally owned, quality, independent shops to choose from so close to where we live.
“We should take advantage of that unique retail offering and support the small and medium sized enterprises that are so important to the economy of Mid Ulster”.
Chair of the FSB Northern Ireland Region, John Friel, welcomed the Council’s support for Small Business Saturday:
“It’s great that Mid Ulster Council are taking this opportunity to show their support for local small businesses.
“It has been a tough few years for the high street and, even with the economy picking up again, challenges remain. Small Business Saturday is our chance as shoppers to recognise the contribution that small and medium sized businesses make to our community. Across Northern Ireland, we encourage people to Keep Trade Local all year round, because small businesses employ more than the rest of the private sector and whole of the public sector combined, so it’s vital that we all play our part in supporting those businesses to survive and thrive.”
For more information about Small Business Saturday visit www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com.