The time has come to support your local shops and businesses.
That is the message this week as the Fylde coast gears up for Small Business Saturday next weekend.
Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden, shadow business minister, will be joining the Blackpool Federation of Small Businesses at a business expo at the Solaris Centre from 10am to 4pm.
And Wyre Council is making all council pay and display car parks free to use on the day.
Gordon, who ran a small business for 12 years before becoming a MP will be visiting places on Highfield Road, Waterloo Road and Topping Street to celebrate a day that recognises the contribution local shops make to the local economy.
He said: “Small Business Saturday is now a permanent part of the Blackpool calendar and I am pleased to see our local FSB group under the chairmanship of Susanne Johnson, and many other business owners getting involved. The day is an important and special one in highlighting the important contribution local businesses play in supporting our local economy.
“Our town has a great entrepreneurial spirit with a mixture of traditional and more contemporary shops and businesses – I saw this when I launched my very own “Back Blackpool Businesses” campaign a few years ago in South Shore. The addition of new businesses such as Montagues on Highfield Road and prior to that, Cake Tin Delight on Topping Street are just two examples and I look forward to visiting both places on the day to find out how they are getting along.”
Mark Yates who runs the popular toy shop, Brooks Collectables and will be meeting with Gordon on the day added: “Gordon is an MP who has always been incredibly supportive of small businesses and over the years we have worked closely together in helping other small independent traders.
“His experience from running a business has been invaluable and I know he recognises and appreciates the role small firms like mine can play in attracting more visitors to Blackpool, which boosts the town.”
In Wyre 98 per cent of businesses are classed as small enterprises (less than 50 employees).
Councillor Peter Murphy Cabinet Member with responsibility for Economic Development at Wyre Council said: “Small businesses really are the lifeblood of our local economy, so why shouldn’t we give them some time in the spotlight?
“What really counts is the number of customers that come through their doors. That’s why we’re encouraging people to shop locally on 5th December.”