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 3 December in the towns Cookstown, Dungannon and Magherafelt, together with Coalisland and Maghera.
Councillor Trevor Wilson, Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, has welcomed the support for Small Business Saturday:
“I am delighted the Council is backing this year’s Small Business Saturday campaign. It provides us with a great opportunity to remind people of the large number of locally owned, quality, independent shops that exist on our doorsteps, especially during a time where more and more shopping is being done online.
“I would encourage everyone to take advantage of the unique retail offering in our district 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 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 ‘Keep Trade Local’ 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 supporting those businesses to survive and thrive.”
For more information about Small Business Saturday visit www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com or log on to www.midulstercouncil.org/christmas