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Business urged to 'get involved' in Small Business Saturday

Entrepreneur Kyle Gawley and Michelle Ovens, national campaign director of Small Business Saturday 2015, launch this year's initiative

BUSINESSES in the north have been urged to "get involved" in the third running of Small Business Saturday, a UK-wide initiative aimed at encouraging consumers into independent and smaller retailers on the first big pre-Christmas shopping weekend of the year.

This year's Small Business Saturday, due to take place on December 5, was launched at the Belfast Harbour Commissioner's office in front of a number of businesses including Arcadia Deli, Suitor Menswear, EquiNutritive, Digital DNA, Visual Edge, Skinny Malinkys and Tamnagh Foods.

Last year 16.5 million adults went out to support a small business on Small Business Saturday, with 64 per cent of the UK aware of the campaign.

The UK's small businesses combined provide 60 per cent of private sector jobs and nearly 50 per cent of private sector turnover.

This year Small Business Saturday (www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com) carries the theme "Five million small businesses, one big day".

National campaign director Michelle Ovens said: “Although the campaign focuses on one day, the goal is to have a lasting impact on small businesses by changing mind-sets, so that people make it their mission to support small businesses all year round.

“Most people in Northern Ireland own a small business, work for a small business or know somebody who does, so supporting Small Business Saturday is absolutely personal.”

The campaign benefits from the backing of leading business organisations including the Federation of Small Businesses, which has a programme of supportive events planned across the UK, the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association, Association of City and Town Management and National Federation of Retail Newsagents.

Kyle Gawley, one of Northern Ireland's own successful entrepreneurs, addressed the Belfast launch event at which he shared his experiences of running a small business.

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