Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and The Border, has encouraged communities to celebrate Small Business Saturday on 1 December.
Small Business Saturday is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign which champions the role and importance of small businesses. Occurring annually, on the first Saturday of December, it encourages small businesses to host events and offer discounts, and consumers to visit, support and appreciate them.
This initiative is particularly important in Penrith and The Border, in which 93% of the population is employed by businesses of less than ten people. Mr Stewart, as a consequence, is keenly interested in supporting them and was enthusiastic to support Small Business Saturday. He’ll be visiting two businesses in Wigton, to show his support and to discuss the current business climate. Rory regularly visits small businesses in Cumbria, to understand their operations and what the Government can do to support them. In the past few months alone, he has visited the Castle Fine Art Gallery, the Taggy Man, G&S Specialist Timber and many others.
Commenting on his plans, Rory said “Small Business Saturday is a fantastic initiative, playing a crucial role in championing these enterprises. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the heart of our high streets. As they face new pressures, we need to come together as communities to support them and, this Saturday, I would like to encourage everybody to participate”.