Ipswich: Small Business Saturday tour bus to visit town

Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna MP who is supporting Small Business Saturday.

Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna MP who is supporting Small Business Saturday. - Credit: Archant

A nationwide bus tour to promote the UK’s first Small Business Saturday event on December 7 will be visiting Suffolk on Thursday this week.

Small Business Saturday is a non-political campaign which is being championed in the UK by Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka Umanna, and also has the support of Prime Minister David Cameron, Business Secretary Vince Cable and Skills Minister Matthew Hancock.

The initiative, which was originally founded in the United States by American Express, aims to highlight the success of the small business sector and to encourage consumers to “shop local” and so support their local small firms.

The Small Business Saturday bus will be in the Cromwell Square car park in Ipswich from 11am to 2pm on Thursday, November 28.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) will be supporting the visit with a stall of its own featuring a new artisan bakery, Two Magpies, from Southwold, and the Manufacturing Advisery Service will also be represented.

The FSB’s Suffolk chairman, Chris Soule, and East Anglian regional chairman, Robin Twigge, will be on the bus, together with Matthew Hancock, MP for West Suffolk, and Ben Gummer, MP for Ipswich. Representatives from O2, Lloyds Bank, Ingenious Britain, and WorldPay will also be on hand to offer advice.