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Small Business Saturday Encourages Local Shopping


7:28am 7th December 2013

Shop local - that's the message for people across North Yorkshire today, as Small Business Saturday comes to the county.

It's an American concept that's landed in the UK for the first time, and encourages spending in smaller, independent shops.

This Saturday is traditionally expected to be one of the busiest days of the year for shoppers, as more thoughts turn towards buying Christmas gifts. So it makes perfect sense, say officials, to get out today and visit your local town.

Leader of York Council, James Alexander, is fully behind Small Business Saturday. He told Minster FM: "We know how important [local, independent shops] are for York - and it's got people thinking: 'Maybe that's an option for my Christmas presents.'"

York's contribution to the celebrations is a pop-up shopping mall, which features 40 local businesses selling goods and sharing their own unique stories. It's free to attend, and you can find it in the Merchant Adventurers' Hall.

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