IMG_3392Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has joined Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna MP in celebrating the contribution of small firms in Tameside and Stockport as part of this year’s Small Business Saturday campaign.

Small Business Saturday is a grassroots campaign that encourages people to shop locally and support small businesses in the local community. Last year it was the biggest celebration of small businesses in the UK and gave a boost to local shops through extra trade of nearly £500m.

Andrew Gwynne MP encouraged businesses to take part this year and take advantage of the campaign to focus on small business in the run-up to Christmas. It aimed to give a long-term boost to trade and give a lift to the high streets.

Andrew Gwynne MP said:

“It is so important that we support our small and independent businesses. They are a vital part of our local economy and local community and we need to get behind them. They add character to our town and are a source of local jobs.

“Last year I took part in Small Business Saturday. It was big success and it was brilliant to meet so many great businesses doing a fantastic job. The campaign helped raise awareness of what they do and the choice they bring to our community. We all need to put our hands in our pockets to make sure we back our local businesses. This year I got fully behind the campaign again and I hope it encourages people to drop into their local shops more in the run-up to Christmas.

“So many local businesses are doing a fantastic job. They give us greater choice and that something a little bit special. We all need to put our hands in our pockets to back our local businesses.”

Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna MP said: 

“Last year when I first called for the UK to have its own Small Business Saturday, I could not have envisaged what we managed to achieve. We helped create the biggest celebration of small business and entrepreneurs that the country has seen and it helped give a boost to their bottom line. We brought together a grassroots coalition including business organisations and local authorities to make it happen.”

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