|Link to US American Express web site|
"Call to adopt 'Small Business Saturday' in UK"
"Britain should adopt a US initiative to encourage shoppers to use small local shops, the shadow business secretary, Chuka Umunna, has suggested.
"President Barack Obama visited an independent bookshop on this year's "Small Business Saturday", which has taken place on the first weekend after Thanksgiving in the US since 2010. Umunna has written to credit card firm American Express – which devised and sponsors the initiative – to ask if it could bring it to the UK.
"He has suggested 7 December – the start of the Christmas shopping rush – as part of efforts to revive flagging confidence among small-shop owners, with more and more contemplating selling up."
(Link to The Guardian)