Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 12.25.09A visit from the Small Business Saturday tour bus has kick-started the countdown to this year’s campaign.

Small businesses turned out in force at County Hall for the Durham County Council event ahead of the national campaign day on 5 December. As well as being able to network and get advice from a range of organisations and council services, business owners also got to see the Small Business Saturday bus on its nationwide tour. They were joined by Cllr Jan Blakey, Chairman of Durham County Council, Cllr Neil Foster, Roberta Blackman-Woods, MP and business students from nearby St. Leonard’s Catholic School.

The campaign aims to promote small businesses by encouraging everyone to shop local on 5 December. To further help the move the council will again be offering free parking at all council-owned car parks after 9am on the day.

Cllr Neil Foster, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “Small businesses are the lifeblood of the county’s economy and it’s vital that the council continues to help them to thrive. With our ongoing support of Small Business Saturday we’re aiming to not only ensure help is available to the businesses themselves but to make sure that residents across the county know about the amazing local businesses on their doorstep.”

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People can find out more about the campaign at www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com