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Councillors demand free parking for all on Small Business Saturday

With the UK’s most important small business event only days away, North Somerset Council is formulating plans to boost their SMEs’ profit, with two council members hoping to suspend parking charges throughout the day.


Huge celebration for SMEs

On Saturday 5th December, millions of people from around the country will be celebrating the third edition of Small Business Saturday, a non-profit event which aims to put a spotlight on small firms that can’t afford to promote themselves

In 2014 the event got 17 million to come out in support of their local business, with 64 per cent of the UK aware of last year’s campaign.

This year the team behind it all intends to go one step further and get the whole country supporting their cause, but there is a concern that local councils aren’t working hard enough to facilitate crowds that could grow in to the thousands.


Gaining help from the local council

North Somerset Council is deliberating on opening up Western-Super-Mare’s car park spaces for free, with Councillor Mike Bell and Weston town councillor Robert Payne hoping to give further support to their small businesses, which they describe as ‘the lifeblood of the UK economy.’

‘We want to see as many people as possible in local independent businesses on December 5 and believe that a free parking offer would encourage people to think small and shop locally,’ explained Cllr Bell.

‘As the cost of doing business continues to rise, it is more important than ever to support our small businesses. Lots of councils around the country have agreed to offer free parking and North Somerset should do the same to support Weston’s business community,’ continued the councillor.


‘Lifeblood of the UK economy’

Support for the event is set to grow in Weston-super-Mare, after a preview event took place in the town square on the 26th November.

‘Small businesses are the lifeblood of the UK economy and Small Business Saturday is a chance for everyone, including local councils, to get behind our small firms,’ said Cllr Payne.

‘With just a couple of weeks to go until Small Business Saturday 2015 – our national day for small businesses – I encourage everyone to show their support for the small businesses in their community working hard to create jobs and build a strong local economy.’

Another organisation which is getting into the spirit of Small Business Saturday is the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), who has launched a Twitter competition in which you can win £250 worth of vouchers to spend at any London small business.

If you’re interested in learning more about Small Business Saturday, check out our exclusive interview with national campaign director Michelle Ovens.