On Saturday it is small business Saturday. I will be popping in to Melanie James Bridal on Beech Road to celebrate one of the many small businesses that are vital to the south Manchester economy and provide employment to thousands of local people.
That is why I, along with the Federation of Small Businesses welcome the Autumn statement. Small businesses will be getting a £1000 rebate on their rates. That is on top of Nick Clegg’s announcement this week of £250m extra of new money for small and medium size businesses to access to grow their businesses.
With many high streets being over-run by the big companies, I am proud that across south Manchester we have retained small and local businesses on our High Streets; they are the lifeblood of our community.
I always try to support local businesses like my local family run butchers and support start ups like Didsbury’s Ruk-Bug, which I wrote a blog about a couple of months ago.
Local small businesses show the strength of our community just as much as the large number of events and festivals, that happen all year round in south Manchester.
We all need to get out this weekend, in Burnage, Chorlton, Withington and Didsbury and show that we care about our local businesses and go local for our Christmas shopping. We have also seen the Small Business Saturday bus promoting the event in nearby Levenshulme, a move welcomed by Levenshulme Councillor James Hennigan.
In addition to supporting the campaign my Liberal Democrat colleagues at Manchester City Council moved a motion asking that the Council uses all the resources at its disposal to support not just Small Business Saturday but our local businesses all year round.
I am delighted to support south Manchester’s local businesses and Small Business Saturday and urge everyone else to do the same.
Let’s all get out their tomorrow and support our local High Streets.