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Influence in Cromwell Street brought Alasdair Allan, SNP MSP for the Western Isles, to their counter to publicise Small Business Saturday UK today (Saturday December 1).

This is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to 'shop local' and support small businesses in their communities.

The day itself takes place on the first Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses.

On Small Business Saturday, customers across the U.K go out and support all types of small businesses, online, in offices and in stores. Many small businesses take part in the day by hosting events and offering discounts.

Alasdair Allan MSP said:“I was delighted to visit Influence this morning to show my support for Small Business Saturday. This initiative is an excellent opportunity for us to show how much we value local businesses across the islands. 

“Small businesses are invaluable to the local economy, supporting jobs and growth in our communities, and it’s fantastic to see over a thousand small businesses in the Western Isles benefiting from the SNP’s Small Business Bonus Scheme.

“With Christmas fast approaching, I hope people will use Small Business Saturday to get out and support local shops like as much as they can."

Director of Small Business Saturday UK, Michelle Ovens said:” In its sixth year, Small Business Saturday is the UK's most successful small business campaign, which last year saw an estimated £748m spent with small businesses across the UK on Small Business Saturday. 

"We are thrilled to highlight the dynamic, creative and inspiring small businesses from across the country, as part of our campaign to celebrate and champion the success of the UK’s  small businesses. 

“Whether it be the duo running hip-hop inspired confidence courses for kids in Devon, or the makers of the coveted recipe for low-fat chocolate spread in Essex, or the couple pioneering zero waste shopping in Wales, the Small Business Saturday showcases the companies at the heart of the UK’s economy, which we need to support now more than ever.” 

A grassroots, not-for-profit campaign, Small Business Saturday was originally founded by American Express in the U.S. in 2010. American Express remains the principal supporter of the campaign in the UK, as part of its on-going commitment to encourage consumers to shop small. 

(Comment from MSP added since this article was first posted)