06 DEC 2014

Small Business Saturday in Dover

It was great to visit a range of small businesses in Dover on Saturday to mark Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday is an annual event to support small business and encourage local shopping. Dover District Council allowed free parking in the town centre to encourage more shoppers to Dover for the day.

I visited John Angell's jewellers on Biggen Street, a family business that has been trading for over 170 years. I also called into Allan Hughes Quality Menswear, which has been trading in Dover for 50 years, and tried on jackets.

On my last stop, I popped into the latest Dover micropub, the Mash Tun, which opened in August on Bench Street. I chatted to owners Peter and Kathryn Garstin and sampled one of the pub's ales.

Small businesses make the World go round. Dover has so many fantastic small businesses, providing jobs and money for our corner of Kent. They are a real source of local pride and make Dover High Street a great experience.

Small Business Saturday is a fantastic way of boosting our small businesses and encouraging more people to shop locally in Dover. I really enjoyed speaking to the business people and hearing about what would help their businesses grow more.

We need to support our small businesses all year round. Small Business rate relief has benefitted over 1,000 small businesses in Dover. Credit to the Council for allowing free town centreparking.

It was great to see the High Street so busy and I look forward to the next Small Business Saturday next December.

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