Gordon has visited a number of different businesses across South Shore for this year’s “Small Business Saturday”, celebrating and recognising the individual and unique contributions they each make to the local economy.
The Blackpool South MP met with Dave Clewes and Susie Gallagher, who run several small businesses on Waterloo Road. Since the closure of the New Market in February, Gordon has been working closely with the pair and other business owners, as well as staff at Blackpool Council to try and re open the building once again.
Gordon explained: “When the New Market suddenly closed earlier in the year, like many, I was very concerned about this and the impact it would have on South Shore. From speaking to Dave and Susie, and with other traders along Waterloo Road, I know they haven’t given up hope on the building reopening once again in the future, and I will do all I can along with Blackpool Council to help try and make that happen.”
He then joined the Mayor of Blackpool, Councillor Val Haynes at Johnson’s of Bond Street to meet with Susanne Johnson, Chair of the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) for Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. Gordon has been a long-time supporter of the FSB and with the organisation celebrating its 40th year, he was asked to open their new building on Amy Johnson Way in July.
Along with Susanne and other business owners such as Mark Yates and Darren Thickett, through his “Back Blackpool Businesses” campaign and Small Business Saturday, Gordon has been campaigning to improve the South Shore area. During Saturday’s visit to her Bond Street Shop, Susanne unveiled the publication of a new South Shore map, which makes reference to all the small niche businesses and shops in the local area.
Gordon said: “I first met Susanne at the inaugural “Small Business Saturday” last year. Like many of the small business owners I meet across Blackpool, she is passionate about making Blackpool a better place and I know she has been working tirelessly to make this happen. The publication of the new South Shore shops and business map was a great idea and will show visitors the wide range of niche businesses we have on offer in the area.
“Over the years, Waterloo Road and Bond Street have had a great business history. Whilst it has been tough at times in recent years, I am confident that with committed small business owners that we can turn the corner and make South Shore a great place to shop once again.”
Gordon added: “It’s only in its second year but once again Small Business Saturday was a massive success. There are many examples of fantastic small businesses all across Blackpool, and this is a special day in highlighting the important role they all play in supporting our local economy."