MP for Stoke South Jack Brereton is encouraging people to shop independent and support local businesses as part of 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, according to the Stoke South MP.
The MP saya that aAbout 70,000 adults live in his constituency and the area has 1,845 small businesses making up 97.6 per cent of the total 1,890 businesses.
Research by local authorities shows that for every £1 spent with small or medium sized businesses, 63p stays in the local economy.
Jack 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. She's confident that with the plans to breathe new life into the town centre and the existing mix of small businesses Longton will become increasingly attractive to visiting shoppers as well as continuing to serve as a vital community resource..
Jan said: “Small businesses like ours are all about providing a friendly and expert customer service. Our market is a social hub within the community, people can come and find a bargain and they will feel welcome.
"I’m also excited by our proposed renovations to our heritage buildings, they will maintain the market’s traditional values and I’m sure they will be welcomed by the community.
"We rely on support from local people, and Small Business Saturday is a brilliant initiative to remind people that.”
Small Business Saturday takes place today, December 1, 2018.