People are being invited to shop locally and support small businesses tomorrow on Small Business Saturday.
This is a nationwide event aimed to promote local business and it is hoped people will get behind the scheme.
Cllr Alaric Pugh, St Edmundsbury’s cabinet member for economic growth, said: “None of us like to see an empty shop - and although St Edmundsbury works hard to support trade, it is down to each of us individually to support our retailers and other local businesses.”
He added: “Small businesses - whether it is an independent shop, or the one man or woman enterprises that start out from a kitchen table - are the foundation of our economy and they need our support to thrive.
“I hope everyone will make an extra effort and join me in supporting our small businesses this Saturday.”
St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath councils run several initiatives to support small business including a grants scheme available to new enterprises or those in their first year. This scheme is administered through Menta, the Suffolk enterprise agency.
St Edmundsbury also operates free parking schemes, including ‘free after three’ on Tuesdays, to encourage people to go into town and shop and these are extended in the run up to Christmas to support traders.
Mark Cordell, chief executive of Our Bury St Edmunds business improvement district (BID), said: “With 55 per cent of the town centre businesses in Bury being Independents it’s imperative for the town to retain this unique selling point that residents and visitors support our small businesses, not just this Saturday but throughout the year, too.
“The BID sees its role as being the organisation that consistently promotes and supports our independent businesses and a national campaign such as this receives our support”