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Small Business Saturday's Christmas Shopping Bid

Why not support your local high street businesses this Saturday and take part in a UK-wide initiative?

Small Business Saturday takes place on December 7th to encourage everyone in the County Borough to support smaller traders both on the day and beyond.

This year will see the first Small Business Saturday in the UK, held on one of the busiest shopping days of the year - the first Saturday in December.

It is hoped that all kinds of small businesses will get involved, whether a family business, local shop, online business, wholesaler or small manufacturer.

The trading initiative is launched in an effort to boost the local economy by millions of pounds. Independent traders will encourage consumers to back a Shop Local campaign by choosing small business over big chains in the run-up to Christmas and beyond.

Small Business Saturday was started in the US in 2010, by American Express, as a way to encourage people to shop in local, independent businesses across the country in the run up to Christmas.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Deputy Leader & Cabinet Member for Economic Development & Community Safety Cllr Paul Cannon said, “During this time of austerity in the UK, it is more important than ever to do all we can to support our town centres.

“The independent high street businesses are very much the backbone of the UK economy and the heart of many local communities.

“That is why I hope this Saturday residents and visitors to the County Borough will take advantage of the opportunity to shop locally and see the benefits for themselves.

“Small Business Saturday will hopefully encourage more people to the area and open the eyes of potential customers to what’s on offer all year round.”

Businesses throughout the County Borough can find out more about how to increase their profile by joining the RCT Business Club.

Business Club members come from diverse business backgrounds but have one thing in common - they all recognise the benefit of business networking.

The Club is supported and co-ordinated by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council but is run for the benefit of local businesses.

Membership of the club is open to any individual or organisation doing business in Rhondda Cynon Taf no matter how big or small, and no matter what products or services they sell.

Membership ranges from individual tradesmen to manufacturers and retailers through to professional service providers.

The majority of club members come from small businesses with typically less than ten employees, but membership is open to all sizes of business.

For further details about RCT Business Club visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk or call 01443 495169.

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