Gordon will be supporting local shops and businesses across the town once again for this year’s Small Business Saturday – now a permanent part of the area’s calendar.
The Blackpool South MP, who ran a small business for 12 years before becoming a MP and is now part of Labour’s shadow Business ministerial team, will be visiting places on Highfield Road, Waterloo Road and Topping Street to celebrate a day that recognises the contribution local shops make to the local economy. He will also be joining the Blackpool Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) group, who’ll be holding a special Business event at the Solaris Centre from 10am to 4pm.
He said: “Small Business Saturday is now a permanent part of the Blackpool calendar and I am pleased to see our local FSB group under the chairmanship of Susanne Johnson, and many other business owners getting involved. The day is an important and special one in highlighting the important contribution local businesses play in supporting our local economy.
“Our town has a great entrepreneurial spirit with a mixture of traditional and more contemporary shops and businesses – I saw this when I launched my very own “Back Blackpool Businesses” campaign a few years ago in South Shore. The addition of new businesses such as Montagues on Highfield Road and prior to that, Cake Tin Delight on Topping Street are just two examples and I look forward to visiting both places on the day to find out how they are getting along.”
Mark Yates (pictured) who runs the popular toy shop, Brooks Collectables and will be meeting with Gordon on the day added: “Gordon is an MP who has always been incredibly supportive of small businesses and over the years we have worked closely together in helping other small independent traders. His experience from running a business has been invaluable and I know he recognises and appreciates the role small firms like mine can play in attracting more visitors to Blackpool, which boosts the town.”
Gordon is also encouraging shoppers in Blackpool to take advantage of the campaign, on what is expected be one of the busiest shopping days in the year in the run up to Christmas. Small Business Saturday was a grass-roots campaign originally set up in the America and came over to UK in 2013 to encourage people to shop locally and support businesses in their own community.
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