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Tomorrow sees the launch of the first ever Small Business Saturday in the UK.

To celebrate the day, local campaigners from Change Wrexham For Our Future are organising WrexMasFest, a public event in the town centre aimed at recognising and promoting Wrexham’s own small businesses.

From 9:00am – 3:00pm around 20 local businesses will set up stall on Queens Square and will showcase a selection of their produce and services. Further information can be found by downloading the Wrexham Says Hello app. There will be something for everyone with cakes and crafts to flowers and freebie giveaways from New 2 You: Wrexham Reuse Centre

To encourage shoppers to seek out the independent shops, up to thirty more businesses in the town are taking part by signing shoppers’ treasure cards which can be exchanged for free raffle tickets to win an array of donated prizes on the day.

There will be also business start-up advice on offer from The Best of Wrexham for people who want to explore their own business opportunities. There will also be face painting, mini rides and candy floss available for children.

The event which has been running in the USA for three years, encourages people to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in your local community. Small Business Saturday has managed to draw a large amount of money back into the local economy. This year it is being launched in the UK in order to promote local business around the country.

Small Business Saturday is taking place on one of the busiest shopping days of the year and all about encouraging everyone in the UK to support small businesses, both on the day and beyond.

Speaking about the event, local MP Ian Lucas said: “Small businesses are the lifeblood of the UK economy, but they need our support. For our high streets and villages to be diverse, and for us as shoppers to have choice, it is important that we as consumers back these businesses.

“Many of use already choose to – and with the choice, customer service and general attention that Wrexham’s small businesses pay to their shoppers, it is not hard to see why.

“The run-up to Christmas is a vital time for many traders, and Small Business Saturday is the ideal time both to show our support, and also to pick up some ideal Christmas presents. I’d urge everyone to get out and support their local Small Business this Saturday.”