Small Business Saturday: Shoppers urged to support Sunderland’s independent traders

Black Friday shoppers at Dalton Park

Black Friday shoppers at Dalton Park

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Shoppers are being urged to support Wearside’s independent traders as Small Business Saturday returns this weekend.

The campaign, which runs nationwide, is designed to raise awareness of small companies, including shops, and help boost business by encouraging more people to shop locally.

We hope Small Business Saturday will help these retailers to step out of the shadows left by larger stores and household names, as well as encouraging more people to utilise them for their Christmas shopping.

Ken Dunbar

Sunderland’s Business Improvement District, Experience It Here! is backing the Government initiative and urging the city’s residents and visitors to show their support on the day, and beyond.

Chief executive Ken Dunbar said: “There are a whole host of small and independent businesses in Sunderland, offering a wide range of amazing products, as well as outstanding levels of customer service. We hope Small Business Saturday will help these retailers to step out of the shadows left by larger stores and household names, as well as encouraging more people to utilise them for their Christmas shopping.”

Washington and Sunderland West MP Sharon Hodgson is also backing the campaign.

“Small businesses are vital to our local economy,” she said.

“From the store owners at the Market Village in The Galleries to the many local independent shops on our high streets, they all provide the vibrancy and choice that local people want when going shopping, especially in the lead- up to the holiday season.

“That is why I am backing Small Business Saturday and encouraging local people to shop locally and help raise awareness of the important value our small local businesses play, and help to boost trade in our area.”

Angela Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, said: “Small Business Saturday is growing bigger and better every year.

“It puts small businesses in the spotlight and encourages people to shop locally not only on one of the busiest shopping days of the year, but also to encourage long-term commitment.

“It provides a great opportunity to thank those who run Britain’s small firms.”