Small Business Saturday is the biggest day of the year for small business. It is a grass-roots campaign that encourages people to support small businesses in their communities, both on the Saturday itself and beyond.
The campaign also aims to support, inspire and promote small business all year round.
The initiative started in the US in 2010 and has generated a lot of custom for small businesses. The campaign is now in its third year in the UK.
Local shops, restaurants and bars across the country are participating in the event that aims to lure people away from the big chains to do more of their Christmas shopping nearer home,
Businesses can register their support for the day in advance on the Small Business Saturday website.