With the festive period just around the corner, the CLA is urging Christmas shoppers to support local rural businesses this Christmas. The call comes ahead of Small Business Saturday, a grassroots campaign to encourage consumers to ‘buy local’, which takes place on the first shopping Saturday in December (5 December this year).
MPs have also tabled a Westminster Hall debate for this afternoon (1 December) to discuss the merits of Small Business Saturday.
CLA Midlands regional director Caroline Bedell said: “We are delighted to support Small Business Saturday.
“Small, independent businesses are the lifeblood of the rural economy and contribute a great deal to the economic health of our area, but are under threat not just from large supermarkets, but also the boom in internet shopping.
“A good festive season can help ensure that local businesses survive and maintain vital jobs and services through quieter times of the year.
“I would urge shoppers to avoid the traffic queues, expensive parking and packed pavements, and explore what’s on offer in their local farm shop, village store, farmers’ market or in our market towns where traditional, independent shops are still plentiful.”
To find out more about Small Business Saturday visit www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com.