Steve Gears Up to Support Small Business Saturday


Steve Rotheram MP has joined Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna MP in celebrating the contribution of small firms in Walton as part of this year’s Small Business Saturday on 6 December.

Consumers are being encouraged to ‘shop small’ and celebrate the contribution of entrepreneurs and small firms this weekend.


Last year, Britain’s first Small Business Saturday gave a boost to local shops through extra trade of nearly £500m of additional spending with small firms on the day.

Across the UK different activities are taking place to promote Britain’s small businesses. In Liverpool there are special events planned for Small Business Saturday and Steve will be spending time on the high street in Walton.

Labour has announced plans to cut – then freeze – business rates for small firms. Since 2010, small businesses have seen business rate hikes of £1,500 on average. Labour would also take tough action to tackle late payment to small firms and freeze their energy bills.

The former Lord Mayor of Liverpool is backing local businesses to take advantage of the campaign on a key shopping day in the year in the run-up to Christmas and encouraging local people to shop locally in small firms as part of Small Business Saturday. The day aims to give a long-term boost to trade and give a lift to the high streets.

Steve explained: “I am looking forward to backing our local small shops and independent businesses on Small Business Saturday. We should do all we can to thank them for the vital contribution they make to the local economy, adding to the local community and boosting diversity on the High Street.

“It will be fantastic to build on the success we achieved with Small Business Saturday last year locally, which is why I’m getting fully behind the campaign again and giving my support to local businesses. There are lots of great businesses in Walton and the campaign is a great way of raising awareness and helping boost trade.”

Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna MP said:  “Building on the success of last year, Small Business Saturday 2014 will be even bigger and better in Liverpool, helping to provide a much-needed boost to our High Streets and making even more consumers aware of the fantastic products and services offered by small and independent businesses.

“And it’s not just about retail – the day is an opportunity to raise three cheers for the businesses which provide us with the essential services we need, and thank the unsung heroes who run Britain’s 5 million small firms.

“Small businesses have had an extremely tough few years, and have been hit by soaring business rates. That’s why the next Labour government will cut – then freeze – business rates to back Britain’s wealth creators.”