Politicians in Milton Keynes have taken a national small business initiative and given it the Milton Keynes treatment.
Small Business Saturday, planned for next month, has been extended to Small Business Fortnight in the new city.
From December 2 to 15 events are being organised by Milton Keynes Council’s economic development team (Invest Milton Keynes) and partners.
Small firms across the new city will be in the spotlight as part of a targeted drive to boost their profile and promote the vital role they play in the economy.
Events include a ‘treasure hunt’ to be held in small businesses, a chance for customers to vote for their favourite local business, and a Business Support exhibition for start-ups and small businesses.
The initiative has cross party political support.
Councillor David Hopkins, Conservative Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Enterprise, said: “Statistics show that more and more people are choosing to ‘shop local’, be it with their local butcher or ironmongers for example.
“We wanted to take the idea of ‘Small Business Saturday’ and extend that to a fortnight.”
Labour councillor Rob Middleton, who is also a keen champion of the drive, said: “Small businesses are so important as they regularly sit at the heart of our communities, in our local business estates and local high streets.
“And, as we all know, they have the potential to offer that much sought after personal service and tailored advice, which is hard to find elsewhere.
“Small businesses provide very many local jobs, and as they go from strength to strength, and become the next big businesses, have the potential to bring more jobs and prosperity to the local community.”
And Councillor Isobel McCall (Lib Dem), who chairs the Economy, Growth and Regeneration Select Committee, said: “I personally run a small business, and have always supported Women and Work, an organisation which has helped scores of women back into work, or given them advice on setting up their own businesses.”
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