Shop locally in small businesses on Small Business Saturday

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

  • SFA names 2 December ‘Small Business Saturday’
  • Christmas shoppers encouraged to spend locally in small businesses

The Small Firms Association has called for 2 December 2017 to be ‘Small Business Saturday’ and has called on shoppers across the country to support small businesses in their communities.

SFA Director, Sven Spollen-Behrens, stated “Christmas is a crucial time for retail businesses, but much of the Christmas spend will go to large stores or online retailers. Online purchases for 2017 are expected to reach €16 billion by year end. If each adult spent just €20 extra in small businesses this Christmas, this would amount to an injection of almost €75 million for small Irish firms and would have a huge, positive impact on local jobs and the vibrancy of town and village centres.”

“The first Saturday of December is traditionally a busy shopping day and consumers should use this weekend as an opportunity to focus on buying Irish and supporting their local businesses, as the Christmas celebrations can add a major economic impetus to the country, to small businesses and help maintain jobs.”

“Small business must take every opportunity to offer the widest possible range of goods at the most competitive prices if they are to attract as many Christmas shoppers as possible. Today’s shoppers are very value-conscious and, with prices down 8.4% in the last 36 months, there are great deals to be had in small businesses around the country,” Spollen-Behrens continued.

“Retail employs more people in Ireland than any other sector of the economy. Consumers should think about this when making their Christmas shopping decisions, as this time of year is make or break for many small retailers. We are calling on consumers to shop locally in small businesses and buy Irish products. This way, shoppers, businesses and communities can all feel the Christmas cheer.”

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For queries and interviews, please contact Sven Spollen-Behrens, SFA Director, on 01 6051602 / 087 1609403 or sven@sfa.ie
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