As part of Small Business Saturday, this weekend I toured around Inverclyde’s small businesses to support the work they do within our community. I warmed up with a coffee in Café Flava and popped into The Pirate and Bluebelle Gallery to pick up some festive presents.
It is so important that we support the local businesses that populate our highstreets. During my debate in Westminster on Small Business Saturday – which you can watch and read here – I highlighted the wonderful businesses we have trading within Inverclyde and how important they are to our local economy.
I am happy to say that myself and my colleagues in the Westminster group spent Saturday sheltering from the bad weather visiting the many small businesses of our constituencies.
To make festive shopping that little easier, shops in Inverclyde will be opening later in the run up to Christmas to cater for festive shoppers, if you are our and about please consider shopping local.
The importance of small businesses should be self-evident, 99% of businesses in the UK have fewer than 49 employees, accounting for 48% of total employment and 33% of turnover. That amounts to 15 million people in the UK being directly employed by small businesses, with a turnover of £1.75 trillion. They are the drivers of economic growth, creating jobs and serving the requirements of our communities. Whether they are—in no particular order—local tradesmen, retailers, service providers or catering outlets, the benefits of small businesses extend beyond the employees that they hire.