Sheffield councillors pitch in to promote small businesses

Sheffield Councillors are demonstrating their commitment to the city’s small business community by entering a Challenge, set for them by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

The Challenge is part of the national Small Business Saturday campaign, and involves councillors visiting a local small business and taking a photograph of themselves with the company manager, whilst displaying the Small Business Saturday flyer.

The Councillor adjudged to have made the greatest contribution to the campaign will receive the “Small Business Saturday Champion 2015” trophy from the challenge Chairman, Paul Blomfield MP on Small Business Saturday, which falls on 5 December.

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”, and along with the FSB, I am pleased to see Sheffield’s councillors joining us in a celebration of the extraordinary breadth and vibrancy of the small business community.”

FSB 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 hope that this Challenge will allow councillors to get to know better 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.”

New Habits
Coun Nikki Bond with Paul Girling, managing director of New Habits of Nether Edge

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