WORCESTER MP Robin Walker has encouraged local small business owners to enter this year’s Celebrating Success Awards, run by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).
The awards showcase the best small businesses from the length and breadth of the UK, offering national recognition for those who have made the biggest impression over the last 12 months. Expert smaller business judges will select category winners in 12 areas across the UK.
There are now just six weeks remaining for businesses in the West Midlands to enter the SME Awards, with the deadline of January 12 fast approaching.
Last weekend Mr Walker showed his support for local businesses as part of the fifth annual Small Business Saturday event.
Robin visited a number of small stores around the city alongside representatives from Worcester’s Business Improvement District (BID).
The event encourages people to shop in small stores in the city and show support for local entrepreneurs.
Last year more than £717million was spent on the day of the event in small businesses across the UK.
Alongside Worcester BID Manager Phoebe Dawson, Mr Walker visited small business award-winner Anja Potze Fine Jewellery in Friar Street, newly-opened coffee shop Black & Whit3, and Stars Best Shop Awards nominee Embrace Lingerie, as well as a number of other businesses in the Hopmarket.
Speaking after Small Business Saturday, he said: “I thoroughly enjoyed visiting a number of small businesses on Saturday to hear more about the stories behind their success.
“It was also a fantastic opportunity to discuss what the changes announced in last week’s Budget – which were welcomed by the Federation of Small Businesses – will mean for them.”
“It was great to see so many visitors enjoying the Victorian Christmas Fayre, which always shows Worcester at its vibrant best and never more so than in this, its 25th year.
“I know it serves as a real boost to local traders, and encourages many people to return to the city at other times of the year.”