High Peak Borough Council and your local Labour councillors are proud to be on the side of small businesses and our High Streets.
Across the High Peak we are blessed to have an array of fantastic small businesses, who rely on your custom to survive.
We know that spending locally makes such a positive impact on our community, as more of that is then spent again locally using local suppliers and services – unlike the big national chains or online retailers. If every person living in High Peak just spends £5 a week in a local independent business that would mean an extra £24 million supporting our local economy which means more jobs, better facilities and a nicer place for us all to live.
That’s why we’re providing free parking in all High Peak Borough Council-owned car parks on Saturdays in December, in addition to the residents’ free parking passes. We’ve supported the Christmas Light switch on events in Glossop, New Mills and Buxton. We are also providing support, advice and funding to local business through our grants, growth hub and regeneration service.
As part of Small Business Saturday along with Jon Pearce, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for High Peak, we visited as the fabulous Norris Floristry, a master florist on Glossop High Street. to talk all things floristry, the challenges small independent businesses like Anja and Chris’ face and keeping a thriving high street.
Nationally Labour’s plan is to scrap business rates for a fairer system for small businesses, tackle anti-social behaviour on our high streets, introduce laws to tackle late payments that can cripple the cashflow of businesses, create more opportunities for small and medium business to bid for public contracts – like we have at HPBC – and to bring banks back to the high street.
So as you make your shopping lists for presents, food and drinks over the festive period please remember to support our brilliant local and independent shops and businesses at this vital time for them.
Content by Councillors Anthony Mckeown and Damien Greenhalgh