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small-business-saturday-uk-2016-logo-white-375The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is encouraging everyone to back their local small businesses this festive season, as Small Business Saturday (3rd December) fast approaches.

Now in its fourth year, the 2016 campaign theme is ‘Small Business, Big Difference’. The campaign celebrates the contribution made to the life of the nation by the UK’s 5.5 million small business owners. FSB proudly supports the independent, grassroots Small Business Saturday campaign, which celebrates small firms of every kind.

Last year more than £600 million was spent with small businesses on the day itself, a rise of over £100 million from the previous year, 2014.

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On Saturday the Isle of Wight Council is offering free parking in all long stay car parks between 12:00-18:00.

Neil Eames, Development Manager for FSB in Dorset, Hampshire and Isle of Wight said:

“As we approach Christmas, now is the time for all of us to go out and celebrate our local businesses. Small firms make a big difference to our local communities throughout Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, with many going above and beyond to help their small business neighbours and local start-ups.

“It is a busy day, and we are hoping that even more people will turn out this year, to support the diversity and vibrancy of our small business community. This is a great opportunity to check out what your small local businesses offer. Whether you’re shopping, buying services or products, choosing where to go for a meal, or building a website – hard working, innovative small businesses in our local towns are the first place we should look”.

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