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December 30 2016

KINGSWOOD MP Chris Skidmore joined together with businesses to support Small Business Saturday which aims to boost high street trade.

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KINGSWOOD MP Chris Skidmore joined together with businesses to support Small Business Saturday which aims to boost high street trade.

The nation-wide initiative celebrates small firms across the UK and aims to persuade shoppers to support independent retailers.

Chris met with Mat from John Wood’s Cycle Repair Centre in Hanham High Street and Dr Andrew Engelivisit, from Bristol-based small business Wavehill which has been supplying social and economic research to the Government since 1992.

By 2020, the Government has committed that every £1 in £3 the Government spends will be with small businesses either directly or through the supply chain.

A number of local businesses signed up to the initiative including Fleurtations Florist in Hanham High Street - which previously created the traditional wreath for the Chancellor’s Number 11 Downing Street residence.

Chris said: “It was great to meet Mat at John Wood’s Cycle Repair Shop in Hanham High Street to support an excellent local business on Small Business Saturday weekend. 

As someone who lives locally, I always try to use the independent shops on our High Streets as much as possible. Our economy could not function without our small businesses and the hardworking businessmen and women who are behind them so I am glad that the Government has committed to spending at least £1 in every £3 with small businesses by 2020.”

Mat said: “Small Business Saturday is extremely important for businesses like us that rely on the local customers.

"I am grateful for Chris taking the time come down to support our shop, and I welcome the initiative to encourage more people to shop on their local High Street.”

Small Business Saturday, which is backed by the government and local authorities, was launched in the US in 2010 on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving - one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Evidence shows it has led to an increase in longer-term custom.

The initiative was a huge success in the UK last year with customers spending £623m with small businesses, an increase of £119m on the previous year. The hashtag #SmallBizSatUK trended at number 1 all day on Small Business Saturday with over 100,000 tweets sent in support of the day, reaching more than 25 million people.