Foyle MP Mark Durkan has urged people to support independent retailers this weekend as part of Small Business Saturday.
Mr Durkan teamed up with the British government’s Shadow Secretary of State, Ivan Lewis, the Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Retail Trade Association, Glyn Roberts, Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive, Sinead McLaughlin, and local tour operator, Martin McCrossan to support the American-style initiative.
“I am delighted to support Small Business Saturday and celebrate the significant contribution made by small firms, micro-businesses and sole traders in Derry.
“Small businesses are crucial to our local economy – and this is a great opportunity to support local businessmen and women who are working hard to sustain jobs and provide future growth in our city,” he said.
Mr Roberts said; “Small Business Saturday is not just a ‘shop local’ campaign - it is about highlighting the huge contribution all of our small businesses make to the economy in Northern Ireland and throughout the UK.
“It is our national entrepreneurs’ day, celebrating the jobs, investment and services our small businesses provide for us all.
“We urge consumers to make a special effort to support their local shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants, hotels, manufacturers and as many other small businesses as possible on December 7.
“This has been a difficult year for local small businesses and independent traders and we hope that Small Business Saturday will be the start of a much needed boost for them this Christmas.”