The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) will be visiting Penzance tomorrow as part of its Keep Trade Local campaign.
Late last year, the FSB launched its manifesto urging local authorities take practical steps to support local business. Members of the public were invited to sign a petition to go to the Prime Minister at Number 10 urging the Government to support local businesses which are vital to the prosperity and well being of our local community. This campaign is now being rolled out across the county, with Penzance the next stop on Saturday January 24.
The FSB is locating its Event Support Unit in an area between the Simpsons Store and Lloyds TSB Bank and will be attended all day by FSB Officers and other members. The event is being supported by the Chairman and Chief Executive of Penwith District Council, the Penzance Chamber of Commerce, and representatives from the Wharfside Shopping Centre and other local organisations.
The formal part of the day will be speeches of welcome and statements of support from local dignitaries at 11 am. This will be followed by visits to shops encouraging them to put up window stickers and posters saying Keep Trade Local and asking customers to sign the petition.
It is planned to get 500 signatures on the day to add to the over 800 achieved already in Truro and Newquay. This is well on the way to achieving the target 2,000 by the Spring after similar visits planned for Redruth in February and Wadebridge in March.
“Strong practical steps are needed to help small business through these difficult times”, said Carol Wells, FSB Cornwall Chairman and National Vice Chairman, ‘It’s not just public officials we want on board, but all members of our community. By demonstrating action not just words we can send a clear message to government, Keep Trade Local.”