Shoppers urged to support their local firms for Small Business Saturday

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 1 Dec 2017

Businesses in North Lincolnshire are set to take part in an initiative which aims to encourage people to support their local firms.

Small Business Saturday will be held tomorrow and aims to boost small firms in the run-up to Christmas.

Among the firms taking part in the campaign this year are RNS Chartered Accountants, which will open its doors on High Street, in Barton-Upon-Humber, on Saturday with a warm welcome and tea and cakes.

RNS’ Barton office manager Carol Clayton said: “Local is best and this campaign provides an opportunity for businesses to come together and encourage them to use each other.

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“We see Saturday, December 2, as a great chance to highlight the importance of being local but also shout out to a wider audience and make others aware of Barton.”

Carol, who attended the town’s Baysgarth School and began working at Stephenson Smart & Co in 1981, said: “It’s a lovely, friendly place to live, offering great value-for-money.

“It’s often overlooked as a destination but it has a terrific visitor and resident offer in terms of retail outlets, places to eat and drink and things to do.”

Small Business Saturday is a grassroots initiative launched to encourage people to shop in and support their local businesses.

Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin is a supporter of the the campaign and has presented his own small business awards as part of it.

He said it is important to support local businesses.

Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin is a supporter of Small Business Saturday

"Local firms are the life blood of our local economy," he said.

"I will be presenting some awards to local businesses this week as part of the campaign and the amount of nominations I have received has been great.

"It's a reminder of the fantastic people who use the businesses."

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The campaign takes place on the first Saturday in December every year, but aims to have a lasting impact on local firms.

Butcher Rob Newton, also on the High Street in Barton, is also supporting Small Business Saturday.

"It’s a great idea," he said.

"Like RNS, we want to do all we can to highlight what Barton has to offer."

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