MP calls for award nominations

Skipton and Ripon MP Julian Smith, who is also the Conservative party's Small Business Ambassador for Yorkshire and the North East. (S)

Skipton and Ripon MP Julian Smith, who is also the Conservative party's Small Business Ambassador for Yorkshire and the North East. (S)

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Julian Smith, MP for Skipton and Ripon, is asking for people across the district to nominate their favourite small business ahead of Small Business Saturday on December 7.

Small Business Saturday is a celebration of SMEs and aims to boost business, especially of shops, at one of the busiest shopping times of the year.

The so-called “shopping holiday” originated in the United States, where it is credited with having boosted spending with independent retailers by £3.6bn last year.

Mr Smith, who is the Conservative Party’s Small Business Ambassador for Yorkshire and the North East, said: “Yorkshire is one of the most entrepreneurial parts of the country and it is those people who are starting or growing a business who are driving Britain’s recovery.

“It is important we celebrate those small businesses and thank everyone who is creating jobs and taking a risk to support our economy.

“So, if you know of a great entrepreneur or great business in your area who you think deserves to be recognised, let us know.”

The British Chambers of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses are among seven business organisations, representing 370,000 firms, that have signed up to the UK initiative, which was launched earlier this year by Shadow Business Secretary Chukka Umunna.

The Labour MP said: “I want to make Small Business Saturday a reality in Britain to actively champion, celebrate and showcase small, independent businesses on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Small Business Saturday has been a great success in the US and has grown into a movement.”

The initiative was started by American Express, which has the rights to the name and is supporting the British version free of charge.

l Nominations can be made at http://yourfavouritesmallbusiness.com/