Small businesses are the beating heart of our economy, breathing life into our high streets and delivering services that make our lives easier.

What truly makes small businesses great is the people behind them, putting their all into serving local people, with the money they make going back into the local economy.

Honest, hard-working people, who make our community a brighter place.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting local small business from across my constituency through my annual Local Business Awards.

From cafes, hair and beauty salons, pubs, restaurants, tradespeople, we are blessed with some fantastic small businesses.

I was delighted to be able to recognise several small businesses from across Reddish and the Heatons.

Amongst them were the winners and runners up in Reddish North and South wards who I visited on Small Business Saturday.

In Reddish North, I was joined by local councillor Rachel Wise, to congratulate the ward winner Knit 2 Tog, and runner-up, Baan Pad Thai.

In Reddish South, I was joined by community campaigner Jo Williams to congratulate the ward winner Feed General Store, and runner-up, Heaton Hops.

A fantastic set of businesses, well worthy of the recognition and support they have received from across the local community.

Especially in the run up to Christmas, I would urge you all to go and check them out. Just like those mentioned above, every small business has their own story to tell, their own unique set of challenges, and their own vision for the future.

But what they all have in common is a determination to succeed and serve their community.

I look forward to seeing all our small businesses across Reddish and the Heatons continue to go from strength to strength, and I hope for another successful set of awards next year.

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Town Hall, Market Street, Denton, M34 2AP

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House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

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