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 1 December in the towns Cookstown, Dungannon and Magherafelt, together with Coalisland and Maghera.
To celebrate Small Business Saturday, there will be an extra bonus of free family fun and street entertainment in each of the five towns mentioned from 12noon – 2pm including, face painting, balloon modelling and street performances.
Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Sean McPeake has welcomed the support for Small Business Saturday:
“In Mid Ulster, we are lucky to have a large number of high quality, locally owned, independent retailers and businesses right on our doorstep. And at this time of year it is important to encourage residents to support our local businesses, particularly at a time when online shopping is so popular.
“Small Business Saturday reminds us all to ‘shop local’ and support the fantastic independent shops and businesses that are so important to our Mid Ulster economy. I am delighted that the Council are once again supporting this campaign and encourage everyone to shop local on the 1st December and every day of the year.”
Commenting, ahead of Small Business Saturday, FSB NI Development Manager, Roisin McAliskey said:
“Small Business Saturday is an opportunity for consumers to recognise the contribution of small businesses to our local communities. It is very much welcome that again this year local government including Mid Ulster District Council, are getting behind the campaign.
“Our High Streets and local small businesses are facing challenging times as consumer behaviour changes, with a shift towards larger online retailers. However, local small businesses breathe life into our cities, towns and villages and provide a personal service which can’t be matched by businesses which only trade online.
“On the 1st December we would encourage everyone to think small and shop local in support of our small businesses - on this Small Business Saturday.”
For more information about Small Business Saturday visit www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com.