Don Valley MP Caroline flint has added her support to the call by Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka Umunna, for UK Shops to have a Small Business Saturday.
Said Caroline “The example of the United States, where a Saturday that celebrates shopping locally encouraged £3.5billion of extra trade the way of small local businesses, is a lesson we should take up. So many small, independent businesses, particularly on our high streets, are having a really hard time; yet their owners work some of the longest hours.
PICTURE: SHOP LOCAL Ray Taylor owner of Taylor’s of Tickhill, Nikki Davies of the Tikchill Business Association and Caroline Flint backing the Shop Local
“My constituency has over 30 towns and villages, and the wide range of small businesses which help to give each their own character. It would be great if the Government would support one day in the year where we celebrate the businesses that give life to some of our smallest communities.
“I see across our towns and villages longstanding family businesses like Taylors of Tickhill, which opened just after the second world war, still providing a special service today. And I also see new businesses bringing a new look and new ideas, helping to reinvent our high streets.”
In 2011, Ms Flint backed the Tickhill Business Association’s “Shop Local” campaign. The TBA’s work has boosted trade by 20% in the town.
This year, she organised a meeting of Thorne businesses to encourage them to form an association to promote their town.
Recently, she has highlighted the work of Bawtry Retailers Association, whose calendar of events and Bawtry.org brand has attracted many outside visitors to Bawtry to shop and relax.
In an article published this week, Chuka Umunna MP says: “A Small Business Saturday... gives us all a special opportunity to do our bit to ensure those who take risks, set up shop and provide jobs in our local communities get more of the recognition they so deserve, by making a point of spending our money in their businesses on the big day.”