Small Business Saturday takes place this weekend on December 3 and is an initiative to encourage people to spend locally and support small businesses. This is the third year of the Irish campaign which profiles small businesses and encourages consumers to shop local and support jobs and enterprises in their respective communities.
David Fitzsimons, CEO of Retail Excellence, said: “We are delighted to bring Small Business Saturday to Ireland again. It is about letting consumers know that by shopping local they support local jobs, businesses, and local economies. We want consumers to understand that a small change in their spending can have a hugely positive impact to their local economy - €10 spent locally is worth €40 to that economy in terms of supporting employment, supported communities and giving the business the opportunity to continue to operate year round. As we come to the Christmas season, a vital period for local businesses, Small Business Saturday can play a major role in supporting jobs, businesses, and ensuring that local towns thrive throughout the year.”
There are some 280,000 people working in the retail industry across Ireland with the majority of these employed in small local stores. Retail Excellence also supports the rejuvenation of small towns and Small Business Saturday complements efforts to profile these smaller towns and encourage all citizens to support local business and employment.