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INDEPENDENT businesses in Portsmouth are being urged to take part in Small Business Saturday – the national campaign to boost local high streets and independent traders.

It is being held on December 6, traditionally one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

Local traders are being urged to mark it with special offers and to spread the ‘keep trade local’ message.

It is supported by the Federation of Small Businesses and The News and backed by Portsmouth City Council, which will offer shoppers free parking in various locations as it did last year.

Councillor Luke Stubbs, the authority’s cabinet member for planning, regeneration and economic development, said: ‘We’ll be doing our bit and we also want to encourage all kinds of small businesses to get involved, whether they’re a family business, local shop, online business wholesaler or small manufacturer.

‘Ideas for celebrating the day include special discounts, dressing up, themed window displays or giveaways like cupcakes and goody bags.’

Small businesses can find more information and promotional material at, including a poster and social media tips.

The council’s business team are keen to know what businesses are doing to promote the event.

The team can be contacted at