Two Yorkshire politicians are calling on the public to support small local businesses this Saturday (2nd December). East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight and Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate are backing Small Business Saturday to celebrate the UK’s small businesses and to encourage communities to support them at a key time in the shopping calendar.

Experience has shown that on Small Business Saturday, now in its fifth year, spending in small businesses has risen across the UK.

Sir Greg says: “Small Business Saturday is particularly relevant to East Yorkshire given the area’s market towns with high proportions of small and independent traders”.

“Shopping locally not only supports local jobs it also boosts local economic growth by putting more money in the pockets of local people. This weekend we encourage everyone in East Yorkshire to get out and see what our local traders have to offer”.

Lord Kirkhope adds: “Across Yorkshire trade at small independent businesses on the high street is much more sensitive to parking charges and the weather which can drive people to out of town retail parks, where the shops are all giant multi-nationals”.