The Small Firms Association has called for December 2, 2017 to be ‘Small Business Saturday’ and has called on shoppers across the country to support small businesses in their communities.
SFA Director, Sven Spollen-Behrens, stated: “Christmas is a crucial time for retail businesses, but much of the Christmas spend will go to large stores or online retailers. Online purchases for 2017 are expected to reach €16 billion by year end. If each adult spent just €20 extra in small businesses this Christmas, this would amount to an injection of almost €75 million for small Irish firms and would have a huge, positive impact on local jobs and the vibrancy of town and village centres.
“The first Saturday of December is traditionally a busy shopping day and consumers should use this weekend as an opportunity to focus on buying Irish and supporting their local businesses, as the Christmas celebrations can add a major economic impetus to the country, to small businesses and help maintain jobs.”