Havant MP Alan Mak supports Small Business Saturday

Havant MP Alan Mak was out supporting independent local shops at the weekend as part of the Small Business Saturday campaign.

The MP visited a number of shops across the constituency, including some of the winners of his recent Havant Small Business Awards.

Small Business Saturday is a national campaign celebrating its fifth anniversary, which aims to encourage spending with small, independent firms in the run-up to Christmas. In 2016, customers spent £717m on the day, an increase of 15% on the year before.

After the visits, Alan encouraged residents to think about supporting local independent shops this Christmas.

He said: “As my recent Havant Small Business Awards showed, in our area we have a thriving community of independent shops. I was delighted to meet more of them as part of Small Business Saturday, hearing first-hand about the strength of our local economy. As we now get closer to Christmas, I would encourage everyone to visit our local independent shops to see some of the diverse range of products they have for sale.

“Every pound spent at a small business will multiple around our local economy, meaning more jobs for local people.”

Picture one: Alan Mak MP at The Hayling Island Bookshop with Colin Telford

Picture two: Alan Mak MP at H. H. Treagust & Sons butchers with Richard Treagust

Picture three: Alan Mak MP at My Yarnery in South Street, Havant

Picture four: Alan Mak MP with staff from Café Moka in Emsworth