The Small Firms Association (SFA) has called for 4 December to be called ‘Small Business Saturday’ and for all sections of Irish society to make a special effort to buy from small businesses on this day.
"The first Saturday in December should be used as an opportunity for everyone to focus on buying Irish this Christmas, as the forthcoming Christmas celebrations can add a major economic impetus to the country, to small businesses and help maintain jobs," said SFA director Avine McNally, who added that for many sectors, the Christmas season presents the last opportunity to salvage something from what has been a difficult year.
"It is imperative that every opportunity is taken by business to offer the widest possible range of goods at the most competitive prices to the Irish consumer. It has been suggested that the average households will spend €1,020 this Christmas and it is essential that Irish business should seek for as much of this expenditure as possible to be spent on Irish-produced goods and with Irish businesses."
"If everyone spent just €10 extra on Irish products the result would be an extra spend of over €30m on Irish-made products during Christmas.
"This would have a significant impact for small business and Irish jobs," McNally concluded.
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