I get excited when I see someone setting up shop, and feel sad when I hear about a business folding.
I’ve always felt this way, but now I have a better idea of what’s going on behind the scenes!
Small Business Saturday takes place this weekend and it’s a great opportunity to shop local and support the entrepreneurs in your area.
I’ve met hundreds of people working for themselves across the north east, at networking events, wedding fairs and on and off the High Street.
On Saturday, I’ll be doing my bit as I hit the shops for the last of my Christmas shopping.
I’ve been quite good so far, probably using local craftspeople and independent retailers more than ever before for my Christmas shopping this year.
I’ve enjoyed the craft fairs so much that I’m hoping to take part myself next year!
So if you’re interested in finding out more, visit the Small Business Saturday website here or hit your local shopping parade or market!
Last year, more than £460m was spent in small businesses on the day.
Forty-eight per cent of UK consumers were aware of the day and the campaign attracted more than 1.5 million Facebook views and #SmallBizSatUK was in the trending top three all day.