Today, I supported Small Business Saturday by visiting shops in Mold.
Small Business Saturday was started in 2013 by Labour to encourage people to use their local independent retailers. It has gone from strength to strength. Last small business Saturday saw a 20% increase in footfall for small independent businesses compared to the previous year.
It is now the biggest annual celebration of small businesses in the UK – and Labour helped make it happen. Small Business Saturday enables us to put centre stage the great work that small businesses do. As well as encouraging shoppers back to Britain’s High Steets and to use small shops, it is about banging the drum for entrepreneurs and small businesses in all sectors.
Every year we get to celebrate the small businesses that make our communities so special. These shops, restaurants and cafes provide that extra special service that makes popping into town so enjoyable.
As everyone rushes around to pick up Christmas gifts I hope they will think of checking their local small businesses for ideas. You are able to find one off gifts and special items that you wouldn’t find in a large retailer.
So, I hope people will join me in celebrating small businesses, not on Small Business Saturday, but throughout the year.