Stroud MP Neil Carmichael to support local high streets on Small Business Saturday

Stroud News and Journal: Stroud MP Neil Carmichael has voiced his support for Small Business Saturday Stroud MP Neil Carmichael has voiced his support for Small Business Saturday

STROUD MP Neil Carmichael will be out on the high street supporting local businesses on Small Business Saturday (December 7), the biggest day of the year for the UK’s small businesses.

The nationwide initiative is aimed at encouraging people to support their local shops, and is particularly important to the towns of the Stroud district, which are famous for their boutiques and independent retailers.

Small Business Saturday is likely to be one of the biggest shopping days of the year, and is a key opportunity to highlight the value of independent shops in boosting the local economy.

Neil Carmichael has been a long time supporter of protecting small businesses and high streets in the constituency, and was the architect of the IN OUR TOWNS project, which promotes the towns and high streets of Stroud, Wotton-under-Edge, Painswick and Dursley.

Speaking ahead of the day, Mr Carmichael said: “It is vital that we continue to support our small businesses and high streets, and I hope that people buying gifts will be visiting independent retailers this Saturday.”

As part of the day, Gloucestershire County Council has announced that it will be backing the campaign by waiving charges for on-street parking throughout the county for Saturday, December 7, which normally costs an average of £2.70.

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10:52am Fri 6 Dec 13

dimreepr says...

It’s a shame that support will only last the day and only then as long as there’s a camera pointing at him.
It’s a shame that support will only last the day and only then as long as there’s a camera pointing at him. dimreepr
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10:25pm Mon 9 Dec 13

BigBoy22 says...

Absolute rubbish. If he really cared about local businesses then he would speak out against these proposed supermarket developments. Despite several calls for him to state his position, he has remained silent on the issue. The man seeks publicity but is merely a gutless fool.
Absolute rubbish. If he really cared about local businesses then he would speak out against these proposed supermarket developments. Despite several calls for him to state his position, he has remained silent on the issue. The man seeks publicity but is merely a gutless fool. BigBoy22
  • Score: 4

10:54am Wed 11 Dec 13

Cuthbert Thickett says...

Neil is silent on virtually any local issue. Come on Neil, lets see what you are made of. Let us know where you stand on the Incinerator, the supermarket planning, the 1500 houses west of Stonehouse, the redundancies at Listers and Kerry Foods, the fact that the Stroud Foodbank customers rise weekly, the slashing of budgets at SDC and GCC, the fact that the Chinese nuclear powerstation contracts that have not yet been signed despite your earlier press release. Heres an Idea, why not do an interview with the local newspaper and answer these questions in plain English, not doublespeak. Stroud deserves an MP who will stand up for local people, care about local issues and support local organisations. If you won't be that MP, in the words of Oliver Cromwell, You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately... Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!
Neil is silent on virtually any local issue. Come on Neil, lets see what you are made of. Let us know where you stand on the Incinerator, the supermarket planning, the 1500 houses west of Stonehouse, the redundancies at Listers and Kerry Foods, the fact that the Stroud Foodbank customers rise weekly, the slashing of budgets at SDC and GCC, the fact that the Chinese nuclear powerstation contracts that have not yet been signed despite your earlier press release. Heres an Idea, why not do an interview with the local newspaper and answer these questions in plain English, not doublespeak. Stroud deserves an MP who will stand up for local people, care about local issues and support local organisations. If you won't be that MP, in the words of Oliver Cromwell, You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately... Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go! Cuthbert Thickett
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