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Use the Power of your Pound to support Small Business Saturday

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The Small Business Saturday (SBS) Tour Bus came to Brighton,, to showcase the national campaign to ‘shop local’ and keep our independent firms thriving! The bus parked up at the Jubilee library in the North Laine area where an Intellectual Property Advisory Service will begin supporting businesses from February 2020. On board the bus were business mentors offering free advisory services to business, whilst Brighton and Hove City Council also organised the small business community to take stands around the bus to sell their goods and services. FSB Adviser Andrew Murphy (pictured centre, right) was busy meeting and greeting visitors on the FSB stand.

“We were lucky to have a pleasant break from the bad weather, today which meant we had plenty of visitors,” said Martin Searle, FSB Development Manager, who accompanied Andrew Murphy at the event. “We met a lot of new business owners today, opting to start their own business and join the growing band of 5.8 million self-employed people in the economy today,” added Martin. This point served to emphasise the support measures FSB are asking for in the their Election 2019 manifesto for the self-employed: now a prominent feature of the economic landscape across the UK. 

The Small Business Saturday campaign is a firm fixture in the business calendar and always falls on the first Saturday of December because it is traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year. “If you believe in supporting your local community then using the ‘power of your pound’ to buy from independent shops in your High Street is probably one of the most impactful things you can do this year,” said FSB’s Martin Searle. FSB is also eager to point out that customers’ ‘power spending’ should not just be limited to shops, but also extend to independent service providers too, such as Builders, Electricians, Solicitors, Accountants, Dentists and Chiropodists. “Taken as a group, our independent, local firms bring the distinctive character to our towns and villages. Whilst Small Business Saturday highlights your local heroes, do not forget these people need you as a regular customer to keep on serving you with a smile for years to come,” said Martin Searle.