The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has urged shoppers to put small shops first today and throughout the Christmas Christmas period.
As Small Business Saturday takes place across the province, NIIRTA Chief Executive Glyn Roberts called on people in cities towns and villages to do their bit.
Speaking from London where he attended an event the Treasury supported by the Chancellor George Osborne along with NIIRTA member and Top 100 Small Business Saturday finalist Chris Suitor, he said the event was a highly important one.
“Shoppers have a real opportunity to do their bit and support their local shops on Small Business Saturday and throughout the Christmas period.
“Independent retailers offer quality, choice and something different to the multiple retailers
“We want to see support not just for Independent Retailers, but every type of small business, be it local cafes, restaurants, bars, hairdresser’s or local producers.”
As a National Entrepreneurs’ Day, celebrating the jobs, investment and services small businesses provide for us all, he said it was also a “beacon to encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs, which is so vital to the future of our local economy”.
“In particular, we need to see new retail entrepreneurs coming forward and opening up new small businesses and leading the charge in regenerating our town centres”
Chris Suitor said: “We are delighted that our position as one of the leading menswear specialists has been put on the UK map as one the Top 100 Small Business Saturday.
“I was delighted to represent Northern Ireland’s world class independent retail sector at the Chancellors reception”