Labour’s candidates in the South East are urging people to show their support for local shops and traders this weekend for Small Business Saturday.
Across the South East the candidates will be visiting local small businesses and are asking other people to get out and do the same.
In Deal, Clair Hawkins will be in the high street between 10 and 12 asking people to fill out ‘I love Deal High Street because…’ flyers. Clair will also visit local traders.
In Brighton and Hove, Nancy Platts has been meeting with traders to find out their concerns, Peter Kyle and Purna Sen will be visiting local traders on the day to show their support. There will be free parking in five of the council-run car parks in a bid to boost trade, the idea was supported by Labour councillors who have championed Small Business Saturday locally. There will also be free bus travel for children.
In Crawley, Chris Oxlade will be joined by our SE MEP candidate Anneliese Dodds to raise awareness of the work that independent traders do.
In Milton Keynes, Andrew Pakes is holding a street stall in Stony Stratford and then visiting local small businesses in the area.
In Reading there will be a Battle ward business street surgery and Victoria Groulef will be in Theale flying the flag for local businesses.
Small Business Saturday is a grass-roots campaign that encourages people to shop locally and support small businesses in the local community.
The idea comes from the USA and earlier this year Chuka Umunna, Labour’s Business Secretary, called for the UK to hold its first ever Small Business Saturday and brought a coalition of business organisations together to make it happen.
Chuka Umunna MP said: “The UK’s first ever Small Business Saturday is set to be the biggest celebration of small business this country has ever seen.
“Having seen what a huge difference Small Business Saturday has made in the USA, I was determined to see a British version and a broad coalition of businesses, business organisations and local councils has been brought together to make this a reality.
“There are fantastic events taking place in communities across the south east, encouraging people to buy from local independent shops and recognising the huge contribution which small businesses make.”
Notes for Editors:
- For more on Small Business Saturday see www.facebook.com/SmallBusinessSaturdayUK
- For the last three years Small Business Saturday has been running in the USA, spending in small businesses rose (£3.5bn was spent on the day in small shops) as well as leading to a long-term increase in customers. It also helped local small business with networking, championing their vital role in local communities and creating a real buzz about entrepreneurship.
Free parking will be on offer in the following Brighton & Hove car parks on Saturday 7 December, Sunday 8, 15 and 22 December: