Small Business Saturday celebrated across the New Forest

New Forest District Council marked the UK’s inaugural Small Business Saturday on 7 December by waiving charges in all its car parks and introducing the 2014 Brand New Forest card.Small Business Saturday Launch

The 2014 card was officially launched in Burley by Councillor Barry Rickman, leader of New Forest District Council, and New Forest West MP Rt Hon Desmond Swayne. Burley was selected as the Brand New Forest village for 2014 as 18 of the village’s businesses are signed up to the scheme.

The Brand New Forest card is a way for people to save money and support local business at the same time. The card costs £5 per year and gives exclusive offers and discounts at a range of shops, restaurants and activities across the Forest. The cards are available to buy from participating businesses and council information offices, as well as online. Find details at brandnewforest.com.

Councillor Barry Rickman said: “The New Forest is a very special place and we need a vibrant and resilient local economy to help keep it that way.

“Small Business Saturday has given us an opportunity to show our support for our towns and villages but to also highlight the work we do all-year-round to back local businesses.

“We are continuing to do this through initiatives like the Brand New Forest campaign and I’d like to encourage all residents and visitors to buy their 2014 card. It offers excellent value and gives access to special deals across the district.”

Small Business Saturday is a government backed scheme which seeks to raise the profile of small businesses across the UK and encourages people to do business with them. It has been introduced to the UK following a similar initiative in the USA which is now an established commercial holiday generating $5.5b in sales last year.

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