LABOUR’S Angela Rayner is celebrating the contribution of small firms in Ashton-under-Lyne as part of this year’s Small Business Saturday on 6 December.
Shoppers are being encouraged to ‘go local’ and celebrate the contribution of entrepreneurs and small firms in the constituency this weekend.
Last year, Britain’s first Small Business Saturday gave a £500 million boost to local shops through extra trade on the day.
Labour has already announced that it will first cut, then freeze, business rates for small firms.
Since 2010, small businesses have seen business rate hikes of £1,500 on average. Labour would also take tough action to tackle late payment to small firms and freeze their energy bills.
Angela Rayner, Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Ashton-under-Lyne, wants local businesses to take advantage of the campaign on a key shopping day in the run-up to Christmas and is also encouraging local people to shop locally in small firms. The day aims to give a long-term boost to trade and give a lift to the high streets.
Angela said: “I am looking forward to supporting our local small shops and independent businesses on Small Business Saturday. They make a vital contribution to the local economy, adding to the local community and boosting diversity on the High Street.
“There has been a big rise in people becoming self-employed, after losing their jobs through spending cuts because of the recession.
“They need better co-ordinated start-up advice and support and practical business help to grow and develop. These are the people with real entrepreneurial spirit who are trying to get on in tough times. And in many cases they are trying to provide services where the cuts have left a massive gap.
“There are lots of really good small businesses in my constituency and the campaign is a great way of raising awareness and helping boost business.”