East Riding of Yorkshire Council has teamed up with the Federation of Small Businesses, the National Farmers’ Union and the East Yorkshire Local Food Network to encourage local communities to support local, independent traders.
The East Riding is home to thousands of micro-businesses and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), which, together, play a hugely important role in the area’s economy.
Cllr Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for economic investment and tourism at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “It is vitally important that consumers, where possible, shop local as this benefits the area’s economy and helps businesses to flourish and prosper.
“Given that the festive season is just around the corner, it is natural to think of the retail sector, but the East Riding is home to SMEs and micro-businesses in a whole range of sectors and that is why we are working with the FSB, NFU and EYLFN to encourage people to contract and trade with local businesses.”
Mike Bisby, chairman of the FSB’s East Yorkshire Branch, said: “Small businesses are the mainstay of towns throughout the East Riding. They generate wealth, employment and opportunity. They are the glue that binds our local communities together.”
East Riding of Yorkshire council will be running its free Christmas parking scheme in the weekends running up to Christmas. All council car parks will be free on Saturday 12 and 19 and Sunday 13 and 20, from 8am on Saturday until 8am on Monday.