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SFA calls on consumers to buy Irish this Saturday

The Small Firms Association is calling on consumers to spend their Christmas money with small businesses this Saturday.

Shoppers on Grafton Street last Saturday.
Shoppers on Grafton Street last Saturday.
Image: Photocall Ireland

CONSUMERS ARE BEING urged to make a special effort to buy Irish goods this Saturday.

The Small Firms Association (SFA) is calling for this Saturday, 3 December to be known as ‘Small Business Saturday’ in a bid to get people to buy from small businesses in the run-up to Christmas.

The SFA estimates that if everyone spent €10 extra on Irish products there would be an extra spend of over €30 million on Irish-made products over the Christmas period, helping to support the domestic economy and maintain employment levels.

SFA assistant director Avine McNally cited recent figures which showed that an average household in Ireland will spend nearly €950 this Christmas and said it was essential that this expenditure be on Irish-made products where possible.

“Consumers must also recognise that when they buy Irish goods they maintain employment levels within the local domestic economy. Christmas must be a ‘win-win’ for suppliers and consumers,” McNally said.

The SFA also said it expects pubs, off licences, restaurants, toy stores, department stores, food suppliers, travel companies, airlines, on line businesses and others to see trade increase substantially in the run up to Christmas.

Read: Irish shoppers to spend over €250m online this Christmas >

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