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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.

If you’ve been hibernating over the past few weeks then you might not have heard of Small Business Saturday which is happening on Saturday 6th December. Its getting a lot of coverage and support and rightly so.

The premise behind it is for people to support, inspire and promote local businesses. Small Business Saturday encourages businesses to promote themselves and other small businesses and to get more people to shop locally.shopping

So if you haven’t ordered your Christmas Turkey yet, why not order it at your local butcher? Or if you’re looking for something unique to buy someone this Christmas then pop in to one of Hastings boutique shops and see what’s on offer, you’ll be surprised!

Small businesses give customers more choice and work incredibly hard keeping their businesses going and we should support them especially in our region as we have great independent shops for every occasion.

So pop along this weekend and help your local businesses because without them our towns and high streets would be very boring and identical looking places.