MP supports Small Business Saturday

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FYLDE MP Mark Menzies visited a number of independent shops in the constituency to show his support for Small Business Saturday.

This weekend saw the UK’s first ever event celebrated across the UK and the Member of Parliament popped into an independent sweet shop, book shop and clothing store in St Annes and spoke to staff about the challenges faced by high street traders in the run-up to Christmas.

Sweet Memories in the Square is a relatively new business and owner Paul Fury told Mr Menzies the shop makes an effort to sell locally produced ice cream and chocolate while creating fudge in a range of flavours on the premises.

They also produce specially-made personalised chocolate designs which people have said make the perfect stocking filler.

Storytellers, Inc, on the Crescent, recently won bookshop of the year at the prestigious Vintage Books awards.

Its big seller this Christmas is the latest title by comedian turned children’s author David Walliams and the store recently produced its own calendar featuring specially produced works by some of the biggest names in children’s literary illustration.

Cube clothing store has been offering sartorial excellence for men and women in St Annes for years and is one of the biggest stockists in the North West of popular global brands such as Hunter wellingtons and Ugg boots.

Following his walk around the shops, Mr Menzies said: “All these stores are examples of the top quality shopping experience available on the high street in Fylde.

“We are blessed with many independent shops and traders locally and I always make sure to use them for my shopping needs whenever I can.

“If we don’t shop in these stores they won’t be there for much longer and our town centres will suffer hugely without them.

“By shopping local we can make sure our money stays within our communities and the knock on effect of that has benefits for us all.

“That is why I support events such as Small Business Saturday and organisations like the Federation of Small Businesses, which has its headquarters in Fylde and provides vital support for those with their own companies.”

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Pictures

 

Sweet Memories: Mark Menzies MP with Paul Fury at Sweet Memories

 

Storytellers, Inc: Mark Menzies MP with Carolyn Clapham at Storytellers, Inc.

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