Brighton and Hove Labour are calling on the City Council to give their backing to Small Business Saturday, a day aimed at encouraging people to shop locally and support small and independent businesses, on December 7th.
The Labour and Co-operative Group have tabled a motion to be discussed at Full Council meeting this Thursday (24th October). It calls on the Council to participate fully in Small Business Saturday and work closely to engage with business organisations and smaller enterprises across the city. It also calls for the authority to actively promote the day via the Council’s website and social media.
The independent campaign, started in the US by American Express, one of the city’s major employers, has the backing of a wide range of business organisations including the Association of Convenience Stores, the Association of Town and City Management, the British Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Forum for Private Business.
Commenting on the motion, Councillor Warren Morgan, leader of the Labour and Co-operative Group said:
"It's vital the Council does everything it can to support Small Business Saturday on December 7th. With 85% of the city’s workforce employed by small and medium sized shops and businesses, it is clear that small, locally owned and run enterprises are the lifeblood of Brighton and Hove’s economy.
The day, one of the first big shopping days in the run-up to Christmas, offers us a chance to celebrate all the excellent small and independent businesses we have here in the city. I’m calling on the city council to give its full and active support to the initiative, brought to the UK by Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka Umunna MP."