Published: 08:54, 27 November 2018
| Updated: 11:43, 27 November 2018
With Black Friday and Cyber Monday now behind us, it's time to look forward to Small Business Saturday this weekend.
The annual day aims to shine a light on small businesses in our towns and villages and encourages us all to 'shop local' as the countdown to Christmas gets under way in earnest.
Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which takes place on the first Saturday in December each year.
A host of firms will be taking part in the day by hosting events and offering discounts.
In its sixth year, last year saw an estimated £748m spent with small businesses across the UK on Small Business Saturday.
As part of the build-up to the event, a bus tour made a stop at Tunbridge Wells last Friday to showcase local firms and help them promote the event.
Small business minister Kelly Tolhurst, MP for Rochester and Strood, said: “With more than 1,000 starting up every day, the UK’s small businesses are the backbone of our economy and at the heart of our modern industrial strategy."
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