A campaign to raise the profile of the region’s small businesses has been launched by Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield, in association with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).
The campaign will involve Sheffield Councillors in helping to remind the public to make use of the national treasure which resides within the small business sector.
Small businesses are the mainstay of cities and towns throughout the country: they generate wealth, employment and opportunity. They are the glue that binds our local communities together.
But many are now struggling to survive as consumers are swayed by the flashy marketing of the multi-national retailing corporations or the ease of buying online.
Paul Blomfield MP said: “The UK economy is driven by small businesses. They make up 99 per cent of all businesses and are the engine for growth and job creation. The 40,000 small businesses in South Yorkshire are central to our local economy and are active in every part of society.
“I am delighted to be involved in the celebration of ‘Small Business Saturday’ on December 5, and, along with the FSB, I hope that Sheffield councillors are able to join with us in a celebration of the extraordinary breadth and vibrancy of the small business community.”
The FSB’s regional chairman, Gordon Millward, said: “Small independent businesses are unique in that, unlike the large multi-nationals, they are instrumental in reflecting the character and colour of the local community. The FSB is committed to protecting the diversity and local character of the UK’s high streets.
“We have put together a challenge for our local councillors which will allow them to get to know some of their local small businesses and to understand the problems they face.
“We hope to help them express their support for Sheffield’s small business community and urge local residents to make better use of the vital, but under-utilised, business resources at their disposal.”