The Small Firms Association has called for next Saturday - December 7 - to be called "Small Business Saturday". 

The association wants people across the country to show their support for their local small businesses and their communities to help keep them thriving. 

Avine McNally, the SFA's acting director, says that for many sectors, the Christmas season is an opportunity to recovery from what she described as a very challenging year.

It is estimated that the average household will spend about €894 this Christmas. 

"It is essential that Irish business should seek for as much of this expenditure as possible to be spent on Irish produced goods and with Irish businesses both high street and online," Ms McNally stated. 

The SFA say that if every adult spent just €10 extra on Irish products, the results would be an extra spend of over €30m on Irish made products during Christmas.