Mary Creagh

Working hard for Wakefield

Small Business Saturday

Last week I got the chance to kickstart the festive season by switching on the Christmas lights in Horbury.

It was a fantastic evening and one the kids (and me too!) will remember for a long time. Thank you to Councillor Janet Holmes and the Rotary Club for organising such a wonderful start to Christmas. And a big thanks to the Ossett Town Centre Partnership for organising the lights in Ossett.

Local councillor Rory Bickerton and I also got the chance to meet Michael Adams, owner of the Black Olive Delicatessen. Michael provides great quality food and service and the Black Olive has gone from strength to strength. They were turning out the tea and cakes at the lights switch on!

Small and independent businesses in Wakefield make a vital contribution to our community, add to the character of the city and create local jobs.

That’s why we’ve got to get behind our local shops and firms for this year’s Small Business Saturday, which is taking place tomorrow.

Small Business Saturday is a grass-roots campaign that encourages people to shop locally and support small and independent businesses in the local community. It is just the kind of boost Michael and the Black Olive need.

Last year’s Small Business Saturday was the first. It was the largest celebration of small business the country had seen. Nearly half of consumers who knew about the day made purchases because of it and almost £500m of extra trade went to small firms. It also helped local small businesses link together, championed their vital role in local communities and created a buzz about entrepreneurship and people starting out.

That’s why I’ll be celebrating Small Business Saturday on Saturday 6 December. I’ll be getting behind our small businesses and a future Labour Government will help by cutting business rates in 2015 and freezing them in 2016, benefitting 1.5 million business properties. Labour would also freeze energy prices, saving the average business £1,800.

If any local small business owners are interested in promoting their business as part of the celebrations then please seehttps://smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com/.

In the new year I will be hosting a special ‘Google Juice Bar’. Experts from Google will run free seminars and workshops, offering local entrepreneurs and businesses the chance to develop their skills in everything from website creation to online marketing. If you’re interested in coming along contact my office on 01924 386 124.

Let’s back our small businesses on 6 December 2014.

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