Monica Lennon MSP once again backed the Small Business Saturday campaign to support local independents across Lanarkshire with Small Business Saturday. This year’s event coincided with Hamilton’s popular Christmas Markets on Quarry Street and the well-attended Santa’s Reindeer Parade on Saturday 4 December.
Small Business Saturday celebrates local business success and encourages people to ‘shop local’ and support businesses in their own communities. This year organisers encouraged shoppers to share a ‘big thank you’ with small firms to recognise their vital role throughout the pandemic.
Commenting, Monica said,
“It was exciting to get my Christmas shopping underway at the weekend in Hamilton town centre.
“Hamilton BID has worked incredibly hard to organise the Christmas markets and to bring Santa and his reindeers to town.
“We are lucky to have some fantastic small businesses in the town.
“Small Business Saturday reminds us not to take what’s on our doorstep for granted.
“Shopping and spending locally helps to protect and create local jobs.
“Covid-19 has been tough on small businesses and helping them to survive and thrive is in all of our interests.”
Now in its ninth year in the UK Small Business Saturday is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign with an impact that lasts all year round.
On Small Business Saturday, customers across Scotland go out and support all types of small businesses – everything from local independent shops and restaurants, to smaller service providers like accountants, personal trainers and dog groomers. Last year the campaign achieved record-breaking success and saw an estimated £1.1 billion spent with small businesses across the UK on the day, according to estimates from the campaign’s principal supporter in the UK American Express.
“Our campaign mission to support and celebrate small businesses has never been more important, as small firms face considerable challenges to get back on their feet, but will be absolutely vital to the UK’s recovery,” said Michelle Ovens, CBE, director of Small Business Saturday.
“The pandemic brought home just how central small businesses are to our communities, so we’re encouraging everyone to get behind them on Small Business Saturday and use it as a way to send a big thank you!”
About Small Business Saturday UK
Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which celebrates small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and to support businesses in their communities.
In its ninth year Small Business Saturday is the UK’s most successful small business campaign, which last year saw a record-breaking £1.1 billion spent with small businesses across the UK on the day, according to estimates.
The day itself takes place on the first Saturday in December each year, but with an impact that lasts all year round.
This year Small Business Saturday takes place on 4 December 2021.