The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has today (November 24) announced that it is backing Dudley’s special Christmas-themed market.

The UK’s leading business organisation, FSB is the largest campaigning organisation promoting and protecting the interests of the self–employed and owners of small firms.

As part of being a community council, Dudley Council delivers services to help communities to help themselves and encourages people to use local businesses.

The Small Business Saturday Market is part of Dudley Council’s commitment to the national Small Business Saturday initiative to back and promote small businesses.

Steve Parker, chair of the Black Country branch of the Federation of Small Businesses, said:

“We are delighted to continue working with Dudley Council and, on this occasion, with the Dudley Market traders, to promote and facilitate Small Business Saturday. Dudley and the Black Country’s economy are dependent on its many small businesses and it is vital that we all do what we can to support them to thrive.  It is fantastic that this year the market is taking place on Dudley’s new central market. It should be a great day and hopefully everyone who visits will enjoy the experience and get the chance to fill their bags with Christmas presents.”

The festive market will run from 8am – 4pm on Saturday December 5 in Dudley town centre within the newly re-built market.

Councillor Khurshid Ahmed, cabinet member for planning and economic development, said:

“I am looking forward to the day.  The market will be a showcase for local talent and enthusiasm, as well as a great way to purchase Christmas presents.  I will be there and I hope that others will also support the event.”