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Over half of shoppers will support SMEs as festive period approaches

Figures released today show over half of consumers are planning to support small businesses in the final run up to Christmas. The study* from Paymentsense, shows that over 28% plan to shop in small businesses regardless of location, and more than 23% will do so locally.

Over a third (35%) of consumers said they are supporting local retailers, coffee shops, restaurants and other businesses over the Christmas period because they’re concerned about the decline of the high street - showing that national and regional campaigns promoting local businesses are starting to have an influence.

Others believe that small businesses are an important part of the community (31%), while over a quarter said they support their local businesses all year round - not just at...

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