Once again FSB Northern Ireland was delighted welcome the Small Business Saturday Team, as they make their way around towns in the UK highlighting the campaign.
This year the campaign bus visited the ancient city of Armagh as well as Belfast. In Armagh, a diverse range of small businesses called by from accountancy firms to cultural groups as well as the Deputy Lord Mayor, Mr Paul Duffy, who met with FSB’s Regional Chairperson, Brendan Kearney to discuss various issues impacting small businesses, including rates and the uncertain political climate.
Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr Paul Duffy commented: “It is essential that people continue to support local and small businesses in their own locality. Small businesses’ are the backbone of the economy providing local employment and income generation for our borough, I would urge everyone to think local in the run up to Christmas and contribute to our local economy by supporting small businesses in their community”
With Belfast City Centre striving for recovery in the wake of the fire at Bank Buildings, the Small Business Saturday campaign bus was a welcome beacon to encourage the message of reassurance to small businesses so deeply affected by the recent disruption.
Among the many dignitaries offering support was the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Cllr Deirdre Hargey, who had this message for small business: “Belfast City Council are fully behind this campaign to support our small businesses right in the heart of Belfast and in the communities,” the Lord Mayor said.
“With the Bank Buildings fire, we have seen the devastation that has been caused to small business. So in the run up to Christmas, we need everyone to come out and support Small Business Saturday on 1 December and back our local independent retailers, traders and businesses by shopping local across the city.
Other visitors to the bus in Writers’ Square, Belfast included the amazing local artist and businesswoman Aly Harte and International Trade Minister, Baroness Fairhead who was meeting with a group of local FSB members.
Brendan Kearney, Regional Chairperson continues “FSB are looking forward to spreading the #IBackSmallBusiness message right across Northern Ireland in the run up to the 1st December, and encourage as many people as possible to support Small Business Saturday and their local economies.”