Ashfield and Eastwood MP Gloria De Piero is urging residents to shop small and eat local ahead of ‘Small Business Saturday’ on December 2nd.
This year is the fifth year of the event, which celebrates the contribution of entrepreneurs and small firms to the local and wider economy.
Gloria is a big fan of the local high streets in her constituency and is encouraging businesses and residents alike to take full advantage of the campaign on a key shopping Christmas shopping day when lots of people will be out and about.
In the run up to the event, Gloria visited Imageworks hairdressing salon on Station Street in Kirkby.
She said: “Why would you use a big chain hairdresser when we have brilliant local salons all over Ashfield. I have had great service at Imageworks and always enjoy popping in.
“Small independent businesses are the lifeblood of our local high streets and it’s vital that we get behind them and show how much we value the service they provide.”
Imageworks’ manager Sarah Proud said: “We are a meeting place for the community and really value our customers, many of whom we have known for years.
“Small businesses need the support of local people and campaigns like Small Business Saturday do a great job in telling people how important it is to use local salons, shops and cafes.”
Gloria shops at In Season, the greengrocers at The Hollies in Eastwood, which she says is a valuable asset to the town’s high street.
She said: “It beats the supermarkets on quality, price and freshness. I would recommend it to anyone.”
Manager Soroosh Zahedi said: “We employ local people and our produce is locally sourced, that’s why we are popular – everything is local.”