Jack Brereton MP: Let’s help our local independents earn an extra £1m this Small Business Saturday

Independents in Longton and Fenton can earn an extra £1m between them, if we each spend just £14 more this Small Business Saturday, says Jack Brereton MP.

 

About 70,000 adults live in Stoke-on-Trent South[i], and the area has 1,845 small businesses, making up 97.6 per cent of the total 1,890 businesses.[ii]

 

Research by local authorities shows that for every £1 spent with small or medium sized businesses, 63p stays in the local economy[iii].

 

 

Jack Brereton MP said:

 

“Our town centres are home to an array of independent and small businesses and Small Business Saturday is a very good opportunity to get out there and support them. The Government is working hard to help small businesses through investing millions more in reviving our high streets and further cutting business rates. I am determined to get our fair share of this new investment to help revitalise our town centres.

 

"Now you can play your part too. If everybody spends just £14 more at our local independent shops this Saturday, they can raise an extra £1m between them. Small businesses are vital for our community, let’s support them and make sure they thrive for years to come.”

 

 

Jan Carrarini owns Dot’s Sweets Store in Longton Market. Set up by her parents Dot and Gio, they have been trading locally for 50 years.

 

“Small businesses like ours are all about providing a friendly and expert customer service. This market is a social hub within the community, people can come and find a bargain and they will feel welcome. We rely on support from local people, and Small Business Saturday is a brilliant initiative to remind people that.”

 

Small Business Saturday takes place on Saturday 1st December 2018. Jack Brereton MP is encouraging us all to visit our town centres and shop locally over the weekend, supporting our traders.