On Saturday, Stephen visited a number of small business owners in East Ham. The visits were planned as part of Small Business Saturday.
Small Business Saturday originated in the USA. It began as a grass-roots campaign that encourages people to shop in locally owned business. Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka Umunna MP, came up with the idea of celebrating it in the UK. Last year was the first and it is thought to have added £500 million to small business turnover around the country.
Stephen visited a number of small businesses on Saturday. They included Alf Onnie Curtains, a shop specialising in curtains which was established in 1920; The Who Shop, a premier retailer of Doctor Who products and Electro Link, an independent electronics retailer. During the visits Stephen distributed questionnaires to ask the business owners for feedback on the key issues that affect them and the operation of their businesses.
After meeting with small business owners, Stephen said: “I very much enjoyed meeting with local business owners and speaking to them about what I can do to help them. Many were happy to receive their questionnaire and I look forward to reading their responses and working with them in the future. Small Business Saturday is a great reminder of the hard work that small businesses do in our local community. We have a remarkable array of small businesses in East Ham, and each makes a unique and valuable contribution to the fabric of our borough.
“Small Business Saturday celebrates the hard work carried out by local business owners nationwide. However, the celebration should not be confined to a single day. We should all show consistent support, especially at this time of year, and make sure the local businesses which serve us so well can continue for many years to come.”