Gordon has been backing small businesses across Blackpool in a series of visits for Small Business Saturday, the yearly December initiative which celebrates small businesses across the UK.
Gordon, who is a Shadow Business Minister on Labour’s front bench team joined local Councillors Alistair Humphreys and Peter Hunter for breakfast at Montagues on Highfield Road, where new found owners Danielle and Joe Yates opened their new venture last month.
Gordon said: "It’s great to see Danielle and Joe launching this excellent all-day venture, which strengthens Highfield Road as a place to eat and enjoy oneself and brings further opportunities and services to many local residents. The innovative as well as traditional dishes on the menu shows the hard work that Danielle and Joe have put into Montagues success and they are a great example to many new small business owners."
Following the visit to Montagues, Gordon spoke at a Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) event at the Solaris Centre. Gordon spoke about the work of Susanne Johnson, the local FSB chair, who organised the event and has a wool shop on Bond Street, and the initiatives that she and local councillors with support from his office have been taking to help revive the area around Bond Street and generally in South Shore for shopping and small businesses. Nearly twenty exhibitors took part in the Saturday event and Gordon did a Q&A session with them as well.
Gordon said: "I’ve worked both with the FSB nationally – their HQ is on the Squires Gate business park and locally with Susanne whose hard work is paying off in the area.
"It was good to see Councillor Mark Smith, the council’s business portfolio holder at the event – even in difficult funding times, the support the council has put into backing small businesses via its Get Started scheme has been crucial to revival."
Gordon then went to visit a Local Butchers on Lytham Road. G & K Mitchell and sons. They’ve been here for 25 years and he commented "they're a great local family run business with excellent Fylde produce".
He also caught up Mark Yates from Brooks Collectables, as well as Susie Gallagher and Dave Clewes from The New Market, both on Waterloo Road. Brooks Collectables is a small niche business selling models, scale toys and memorabilia – including the latest and timely Star Wars merchandise, run by Mark, who also has been working on the South Beach Traders Group with Susanne.
Gordon said: "I am so pleased that the hard work of Susie and Dave run the New Market which was re-opened this year thanks to hard campaigning which we were delighted to support and had a grant from the Council now has nearly a full house. Both the New Market and Brooks Collectables are thriving businesses that provide opportunities for local residents in Blackpool but also visitors and on-line sales from further afield. That’s the sort of combination that they need to succeed."
Gordon finished off in the town centre at Cake Tin Delights on Topping Street with owner Kellie Ellison whom he’s previously visited. Kellie has now branched out with afternoon tea as well as her home-made cakes of all varieties. Kellie is one of the thousand business owners who have received help from the Council's Get Started Scheme alongside Geoff Reeves their Small Business Advisor.
Gordon said: "It is not just great to be able to support these businesses for Small Business Saturday but it’s also a signal that despite economic difficulties, there’s a huge amount of entrepreneurial activity in the town to be celebrated. That’s key to Blackpool’s renewal and I’m looking forward to next year’s Small Business Saturday being equally fruitful and enjoyable."