Small Business Saturday
Small Business Saturday
Catherine West explains why she’s supporting our small businesses.
We all know that small and independent businesses make a vital contribution to our community, adding to the character of our area and creating much-needed local jobs.
That’s why we’ve got to get behind our local shops and firms – as so many local people did on this year’s Small Business Saturday on 6 December, and in the run-up to Christmas.
The idea of ‘Small Business Saturday’ comes from the USA. Last year the Labour Party helped bring the idea to the UK and a movement was born. Small Business Saturday is a grass-roots campaign that encourages people to shop locally and support small and independent businesses in the local community.
Last year was the first time it took place – and it was the largest celebration of small business the country had seen, generating almost £500m of extra trade for small firms. So initiatives like this make a huge difference for our local traders. That’s why I was fully behind Small Business Saturday, and was out supporting our great local shops this year.
The fantastic range and quality of our local shops was proved in the recent Time Out Love London awards. I stopped off in Toffs in Muswell Hill for some fish and chips recently, and it’s certainly a worthy winner as best restaurant in the area, along with great retail offers like Prohibition Wines, the veteran Banners and the Urban Flower Company in Crouch End, not forgetting all the runners up.
There are great local services too, like Alexandra locksmiths or Callis shoe repairers in Crouch End, which all play a huge part in keeping our high streets thriving, and the fantastic new ArtHouse cinema which welcomed me recently as part of Living Wage Week.
Of course it isn’t all good news, particularly given the hard economic times we are in. I’ve also been supporting small businesses in Priory Road where rents are soaring, and helping corner shops in Wood Green with applications to become Oyster ticket stops so they can compete more effectively. I’m pleased too that Labour will cut business rates.
But the big message is that we have great local small shops and businesses, they make our area what it is, they deserve our support, and so much of what you spend locally stays in the local economy to keep the area thriving. So let’s back our small businesses, especially in the crucial run-up to Christmas.
Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Hornsey and Wood Green