Sheffield councillors challenged to do more to support small businesses

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Sheffield councillors are being challenged to show their support for small businesses, as many face an uphill battle to compete with huge corporations.

Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield, in association with the Federation of Small Businesses, has set a challenge for local councillors in a bid to boost trade for small firms. This is in support of the national ‘Small Business Saturday’ campaign, whose aim is to support, inspire and promote small businesses.

The challenge will involve the city’s ward members visiting their local small businesses and helping them gain promotion for their products and services, and coming up with ways of encouraging members of the public to support small businesses. The councillor who has been judged to have made the biggest contribution will then be handed the ‘Small Business Saturday Champion Award 2015’ at Sheffield Moor Market as part of “Small Business Saturday” on December 5.

Mr Blomfield MP said: “The UK economy is driven by small businesses. They make up 99 per cent of all businesses and are the engine for growth and job creation. The 40,000 small businesses in South Yorkshire are central to our local economy and are active in every part of society.”

Gordon Millward, regional chairman of the FSB, added that the campaign comes at a vital time when some smaller firms are struggling to compete against huge multi-national companies.