Stephen was delighted to meet traders and residents in Penarth on the weekend, as he spread the Small Business Saturday message and encouraged people to shop locally.
Joined by local elected Labour representatives from both Penarth Town Council and the Vale of Glamorgan Council, including Cllrs Mike Cuddy, Gwyn Roberts and Lis Burnett (pictured left), and Cllr Mark Wilson, Stephen hosted a street stall on Windsor Road outside the St Fagan’s pub between 10.30am and 12.30pm.
The aim of Small Business Saturday – a grass-roots campaign endorsed by small business groups, local councils and other organisations – is to encourage people to shop locally and support small and independent businesses, not only during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year, but also with a long-term commitment.
“Small, independent businesses are an integral part of our communities and essential to our local economy,” said Stephen.
“Sadly we have seen a few much-loved businesses close recently, underlining how important it is for us to make the most of what is on our doorsteps.
“I believe we need to do more to support small businesses – that’s why I was delighted to support Small Business Saturday, and to meet the many traders and residents who came along on the day.
“A number of subjects were raised – including business rates, energy prices, the recent gas main works in Penarth, and town centre parking – and it was really useful for all of us present to hear about the challenges facing local businesses.
“I’m grateful to all those who came along, and will be looking into a number of issues as a result.”