It’s Local Business Week! Are you joining in?

SMEs account for more than 99% of all UK business and nearly half of all private sector employment, making the support and growth of local commerce as important as ever in driving economic stability and opening new markets in communities. With this in mind, the 10th Local Business Week launches today (May 18).

Local Business Week (May 18 to 24) aims to be a call to action to both the public and the new government – especially new Business Secretary Sajid Javid and Minister for Small Business Anna Soubry – to continue to support local enterprises. The campaign also calls on entrepreneurial, managerial, financial and technical experts to give advice and resources that small business owners can use to compete with the big guys.

Local Business Week 2015 aims to rally the support of the public and small business across the country by encouraging Brits to shop local while also giving guidance to small business owners. Numerous spokespeople and companies have been lending their voices to the discussion, with further advice coming from online booking agency 10to8.

“We work with small businesses every day and we know they struggle with promotion and marketing – which is why Local Business Week is a great way to raise awareness of all of the challenges and benefits of being involved in a local business.” – Liz Crampton, Community and Customer Manager at 10to8.

“Britain is sustained by its 4.8 million small businesses. They form a key part of the economy and provide jobs to the majority of the population, to ignore them would be fatal to our country’s financial health.”

You can join the conversation online with #LocalBusinessWeekor at http://www.localbusinessweek.co.uk/

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