Stephen Morgan, Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, hosted a successful event last night to promote local businesses and traders in our community.

The event, bringing together local traders and shops from across the constituency, was laid on by Stephen to encourage people to shop local this festive season on Small Business Saturday (2 December 2017).

Now in its fifth year, Small Business Saturday celebrates the contribution made to the life of the nation by the UK’s 5.5 million small business owners.

Last year more than £600 million was spent with small businesses on the day itself.

Stephen Morgan MP said:

“It was fantastic to host this event in the run up to Small Business Saturday. 

Research tells us that for every £1 spent with a small or medium-size business, 63% is re-spent in the local area. This is compared to 40p in every £1 spent with a chain or larger business.

As we approach Christmas, now is the time for all of us to get out and celebrate local business in our great city. 

I value the diversity and vibrancy of Portsmouth’s small business community. Small firms make a big difference to their community and life in every corner of our city.

Whether you’re shopping, buying services or products or choosing where to go for a meal, this is a good moment to check out what small local businesses offer the whole year round.

I’d like to thank the local businesses who came to the event and I look forward to working with more to ensure small business succeeds in Portsmouth”.

Over thirty local businesses displayed local products and produce at the event, from all over Portsmouth, was hosted at 72 Albert Road.

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