Eastleigh MP, Mims Davies, ignored very wet weather this Saturday in order to join local businesses in West End, Fair Oak and Eastleigh for Small Business Saturday. This annual celebration of businesses is in its 6th year and highlights the importance of shopping local as it focuses in on independent small businesses in high streets.
Commenting, Eastleigh MP Mims Davies said:
“We are really lucky to have so many amazing small businesses across our area, and Small Business Saturday is always a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the people behind those businesses, and of course for all of us to support them by shopping locally!
“I’ve enjoyed meeting shop owners today and had the opportunity to discuss everything from business rates to Brexit. This year I’ve been to Eastleigh Sewing Centre, AC Models and Smiths Butchers in Eastleigh, while also visiting Visions (MS) Ltd, Music Post Box - Ukulele Heaven, Beales Gents Hairdressers and Bakers Dozen, all in West End. Plus I popped into Fair Oak to chat to a new business start-up there.
“Our small businesses are at the very centre of our communities, providing a place that people can come together, and start up a conversation. Starting up your first business is generally a pretty daunting task though, which is why I’ve been so impressed by Kat who I’ve been mentoring alongside Lloyds Bank as she builds up her own local small business, Kat’s Bakery.”
“However, unlike larger businesses, small businesses are often impacted by accessibility so I took the opportunity, along with Eastleigh Borough Council Councillor, Steve Broomfield, to also visit The Pink Room and The Oven Door in Fair Oak who have recently reported a down turn in trade because of ongoing roadworks in the area”
Councillor Steve Broomfield said:
“Small businesses in Fair Oak have been hit hard by never-ending roadworks. The bakery, which only recently reopened after a very difficult time, reports footfall might be down by as much as 40%. With even more disruption planned for 2019 and the threat of unsustainable building works to come, goodness knows how small businesses will survive.”
“As part of this visit I was delighted to meet James from JS Gourmet Foods, formerly of Botley, who is just setting up ready for Christmas in their new Fair Oak based shop, ‘The Butcher’s Block’. I wish him well in his new venture.”