There are almost six million small businesses across the country, each of which is a vital part of our national economy.
The public is being urged to get behind their favourite small firms this Small Business Saturday (3 December), as business owners face a major raft of challenges including the cost-of-living crisis and the onset of a recession.
Small Business Saturday celebrates small business success and encourages people to ‘shop local’ and support businesses in their communities. Organisers are calling for a significant show of support from across the nation, as small firms head into the crucial festive trading period.
Small businesses create jobs, serve communities, and they bring key services to our high streets, our estates, and our neighbourhoods.
Birkenhead MP, Mick Whitley said, “With 16 million jobs across the small business sector, I am proud of the Labour Party’s commitment to support small businesses and help them grow.
“I am committed to abolishing the business rates that are a drag on their ability to thrive and grow and replacing them with a truly fair and equitable system of rates.
“And amid the current cost-of-living crisis I want to ensure that small businesses are not bankrupted by the energy price hikes by making the oil giants pay a windfall tax on their bumper profits.
“Labour will pass laws to make sure that invoices are paid on time so that small businesses are not teetering constantly on the edge of cash flow crisis.
“On this, the tenth anniversary of small business Saturday, I am delighted to celebrate one of Birkenhead’s renowned shops – Wards Fishmongers. Nigel, Simon and the team have worked flat out not only to keep their business afloat through this economic crisis and move to new premises into the bargain.
“They are also the heirs of over 100 years of successful service to the people of Birkenhead, to the restaurants of the region and to their loyal customers.
“I am proud to be the MP of a town that hosts such a fantastic shop. I am privileged to be able to highlight their contribution to our economy, to our community and, along with the other small businesses here, to rebuilding and regenerating the prosperity of our town. Long may they thrive.”