Chuka Umunna backs US-style 'small shops' initiative

Britain should adopt a US initiative to encourage shoppers to use small, local shops, shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna has said.

Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/

President Barack Obama visited an independent book shop on this year's "Small Business Saturday", which has taken place on the first weekend after Thanksgiving in the US since 2010.

Now Mr Umunna has written to credit card giant American Express - which devised and sponsors the initiative - to ask if it could bring it to UK high streets as well.