A NATIONAL campaign to support small businesses taking place tomorrow has received the support of an MP for York.
Julian Sturdy, from York Outer, visited various small businesses in his constituency to support Small Business Saturday, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
The MP says he regularly meets and engages with local businesses to learn more about the vital work they do, which helps inform the work he does in Westminster.
Julian visited the Naburn Village Shop, which opened three weeks ago. Already, the Front Street store is expanding its offering based on customer requests and is well supported.
Julian’s next stop was Pattacakes Bakery in Dunnington, where the MP spoke to the owners of their artisan bakery business.
Julian was particularly interested in discussing how the company has navigated the pandemic as well as how it finds the current economic environment.
Following his visits, the MP said: ‘As always, it’s fantastic to be supporting the Small Business Saturday initiative to highlight some of the great businesses we have in York.
“It was reassuring to hear from both companies that their communities really appreciate their services and are keen to shop locally. We must not forget that these businesses also support a range of growers and supply chain businesses, so every penny spent really does help support Yorkshire’s economy.
“I was also pleased to hear that businesses felt customers appreciated their efforts to support the local community during the pandemic and continued to shop with them. The “use it or risk losing it” message seems to be key and I wholeheartedly encourage residents to shop with their independent local businesses where they can. »
He added: “Although Small Business Saturday is only one day, it is important to keep its message going throughout the year. For now, I’m going to enjoy my harvest of crumbles, cakes and hash pies this weekend before heading back to Westminster on Monday!”
The national event on December 3 will feature a host of small businesses organizing promotions and other things to raise community and economic awareness for small businesses.
Last month, a team from the Small Business Saturday campaign also stopped in York and Helmsley to publicize the annual campaign.
Small Business Saturday celebrates the success of small businesses and encourages people to “shop local” and support businesses in their communities. And organizers are calling for a major show of support from across the country as small businesses head into the crucial festive trade period.
Michelle Ovens CBE, Director of Small Business Saturday UK, said: “Small businesses are the life and soul of our economy, our society and our communities. But with all they have been through, many are now finding really the tough stuff as economic conditions deteriorate.
“Public support is urgently needed. We all need to show our favorite small businesses how much we love and appreciate them this weekend and beyond. It can have a transformational impact.”