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Christmas will be make or break for many small businesses – they need our support

Small businesses are vital to Britain’s economy, this season they will suffer rising costs and product shortages, we need to pull together and get them through winter, writes Michelle Ovens

Saturday 20 November 2021 11:43
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<p>‘It’s important that we remember the vital contribution small businesses make and not let it disappear from the view of the public, media or policymakers’ </p>

‘It’s important that we remember the vital contribution small businesses make and not let it disappear from the view of the public, media or policymakers’

The confirmed inflation rate rise this week is a concern for everyone, not least the nation’s 6 million small businesses. It adds to a set of new, complex challenges that entrepreneurs are dealing with, rather heroically, behind the scenes.

The price of goods, rising energy costs and product shortages are now the three biggest issues facing small business owners in the next six months, according to new data from Small Business Saturday and American Express this week. This is happening while government support is ending. There is a need to respond to the economy’s structural changes, as the long-term impact of the seismic shocks over recent years reveals itself.

With all this at the forefront, it is incredibly encouraging that the research also showed that entrepreneurs are feeling significantly more confident than they were six months ago.

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