Free parking appeal for Small Business Saturday
Business group calls on councils to waive parking charges for Small Business Saturday on 7 December.
By Laura Turner
17 October 2013
The Forum of Private Business is calling on councils across the UK to lend support to small businesses by waiving parking charges on the first Small Business Saturday UK on 7 December.
The inaugural Small Business Saturday UK will celebrate small businesses across the UK, and is the culmination of a campaign to encourage communities to shop local and support their small businesses.
In the spirit of the event, The Forum has written to all local authorities to ask them to consider removing parking charges on the day and help provide an added incentive to shoppers to hit their local high streets. Parking charges discourage many consumers from shopping on the high street, diminishing small businesses’ customer base. The Forum believes removing these charges on 7 December would help generate the conditions needed to make Small Business Saturday UK a great success.
“Small businesses make up the grass roots of our membership and are at the heart of every local community,” says Phil Orford MBE, chief executive of the Forum of Private Business. “The Forum is a proud supporter of Small Business Saturday, which is about reconnecting people with the small businesses in their local areas and demonstrating the enormous value that they bring to individual customers and to the UK as whole. To make it a real success everyone needs to play their part and local councils have a key role to play in removing one of the barriers for small businesses.”
Since the campaign launched earlier this year, some councils have integrated free parking into their plans to support Small Business Saturday. A small number have taken a progressive approach to parking charges and are currently trialling free or reduced charge initiatives. The Forum welcomes this work by councils but, in order to maximise the success of the day across the whole of the UK, we want to see all councils implement this policy.
Forum of Private Business www.fpb.org
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