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Caroline Lucas MP highlights the need to shop local on Small Business Saturday

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On a crisp Saturday morning Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion met with Martin Searle from FSB in the North Laines to celebrate Small business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday is a grassroots campaign that highlights small business success and encourages customers to support small businesses in their communities. The campaign is in its fifth year and is always on the first Saturday of December.

Latest business population statistics from the Government show there’s now a record 5.7 million smaller businesses in the UK, contributing a huge £1.9 trillion to the economy in 2017.

Enjoying an early coffee at Bread and Milk Café on Trafalgar Street, Caroline and Martin browsed and shopped in the North Laines, chatting with business owners and staff in Fold, Cyberdog, iogallery, Zoingimage, JuJu, Posh Totty and Olivers.

Caroline Lucas said: “I have had a brilliant morning with FSB supporting our wonderful local businesses. Small businesses are vital to local communities and the Small Business Saturday campaign highlights how important it is to show support by shopping small and local.”

FSB research shows that for every £1 spent with a small or medium-size business, 63 per cent is re-spent in the local area - compared to 40p in every £1 spent with a chain or larger business. However, the campaign is not just about retail. Small companies play a huge role in every single sector of the economy from finance to legal services, manufacturing to digital technology.

FSB’s Martin Searle said: “Todays trip illustrates that each establishment in their own special way contributes to the characterful and unique vibe of this well-known and thriving Brighton shopping area. Small Business Saturday is a great reminder to back small business with the power of your spending over Christmas and throughout the year.”

Michelle Ovens, Director of Small Business Saturday, said: “FSB members up and down the UK have supported Small Business Saturday since year one. The support has been incredibly important, bringing local engagement, expertise and endless enthusiasm to the campaign - a huge thanks to FSB for being part of the team."