Business group calls on councils to waive parking charges for Small Business Saturday
The Forum of Private Business is calling on councils across the UK to waive parking charges on the first UK Small Business Saturday on 7 December.
The event is the culmination of a campaign to encourage communities to shop local and support their small businesses. The Forum has lent its support by writing to all local authorities to ask them to consider removing parking charges on the day to provide an added incentive to shoppers to visit their local high streets.
Phil Orford MBE, chief executive of the Forum of Private Business said: “The Forum is a proud supporter of Small Business Saturday, which is about reconnecting people with the small businesses in their local areas and demonstrating the enormous value that they bring to individual customers and to the UK as whole. To make it a real success everyone needs to play their part and local councils have a key role to play in removing one of the barriers for small businesses.”
Commenting on the Forum’s call to action Michelle Ovens from Small Business Saturday UK said: “Small Business Saturday is all about supporting small businesses, in whatever way we can, as consumers and businesses. Free parking is a great way to encourage more people into town centres on 7 December, and we are really excited to hear about more and more councils coming on board to offer this.”
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