Anna Soubry, the new Minister for Small Business met with a selection of SME owners to discuss small businesses in the UK at the launch of Small Business Saturday UK.
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 Minister said the event should be used to get more people to support small businesses, which between them provide 60 per cent of all private sector jobs and nearly 50 per cent of private sector turnover.
“Small Business Saturday is an opportunity to come together as one nation and get behind the small businesses which form the backbone of our economy and employ 12 million people across the UK,” said the minister.
Soubry also added that people should “celebrate the diversity of our small firms, from high-tech manufacturers and graphic designers, to child-minders, shops and local restaurants. The Government will continue to back them and I want to see as many people as possible get out on Small Business Saturday and show their support.”
Michelle Ovens, national campaign director of Small Business Saturday hopes that the one-day event will have a lasting legacy within the business community.
“Most people in this country own a small business, work for a small business or know somebody who does, so supporting a small business on Small Business Saturday is absolutely personal,” he said.