This is the last shopping weekend before Christmas and I know many of you will be out and about on our High Streets and in our Village Centres. This is obviously a very important weekend for our small business community.
Small businesses are the lifeblood of local communities across the country and in my constituency they remain the backbone of our High Streets, Village Centres, and Industrial Estates. We all know that small businesses have faced a tough time throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and so many people want to continue to show their support for the small business community which make up our Village Centres and High Streets.
Two weeks ago I was delighted to be once again backing this year’s Small Business Saturday to showcase some of the amazing enterprise and innovation we have locally and the contribution small businesses make to our economy on a daily basis.
As someone who set up a family business, I know from first-hand experience the risks and challenges which people take. Since first being elected in 2015 I have had the privilege to meet many small businesses who are working hard to serve their customers, grow their business and play an active role in improving employment opportunities for local people.
If you are a local business, please feel free to get in touch with your thoughts and ideas or if you would like me to visit your company to learn more about the work you are doing. Whether large or small, businesses matter for jobs, skills and the prosperity of our communities and economy.