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Small Business Saturday

Published Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Some popular characters are about to paint the town red in Enfield on Small Business Saturday as a smattering of Smurfs fill the town centre with their special magic alongside Cllr Alan Sitkin.

Saturday 6th December - (Smurfs will be in town between 11.00 noon and 12.00 noon Church Street, Enfield Town.)

Enfield Council has unveiled a raft of measures designed to encourage residents to use the borough's small shops and other businesses in the run up to Christmas and shop locally on Small Business Saturday (6 December).

Enfield Council and Enfield Business Retailers Association (EBRA) are producing a special guide to Eastern Enfield’s shopping, restaurants and small businesses so people living in the borough know all about the excellent shops and services on offer there.

Enterprise Enfield will be also be holding an event in its new Let’s Go! Business Hub at Enfield Business Centre between 10am - 5pm.  This will be an opportunity for local start up and existing business owners to get information, advice and guidance on areas such as starting up, marketing, managing accounts and raising finance.  Visitors will also be able to attend bite-sized seminars and view the meeting room and hot desk facilities in the new Let’s Go! Business Hub at the Business Centre.

Enfield Council is engaged all year round with its partners to promote growth and ensure that the views of all local businesses are heard. The Council has worked in partnership to see a £500k refurbishment of the Enfield Business Centre offering networking opportunities, hot-desking facilities, printing services and free Wi-Fi.

In addition the Council wants more local businesses to be able to bid for government and council contracts. Current projects like Retrofit London aim to help local companies secure work from government environmental schemes such as the Green Deal. The Council has also won access to a £400,000 grant for the broadband connection voucher scheme, which will help local companies upgrade to high speed broadband.

Cllr Alan Sitkin, Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Economic Development said: "We are absolutely committed to encouraging local business as you can see by the raft of improvements we have introduced for commerce, but we are putting our money where our mouth is on Small Business Saturday by doing even more to encourage our residents to shop at their nearest town centre.

"We all benefit from having thriving and successful town centres, they are good for jobs, services and providing a vibrant nightlife and we will continue to do everything we can to nurture businesses, create favourable conditions for growth and support existing traders to ensure Enfield remains a profitable place for them to do business.

"Local shopping also helps keep independent shops and suppliers in business and retain the distinctive character of your neighbourhood.

"Local businesses are often owned by people who live in the borough and have a greater interest in the future of the community, that's precisely the sort of community spirit we all need to support and foster.”

Des Johnson, CEO of Enterprise Enfield said "In this tough economic climate it is becoming more and more important for start up businesses to plan wisely and ensure they maximise their full potential. 

“Getting the right information, advice and guidance can make all the difference between a business which grows and succeeds and one which closes down 6 months after starting to trade.  If you are running a business or thinking about starting up, come along to our free Small Business Saturday Open Day to get the support you need to get on the right path."  

Research by the Federation of Small Businesses shows that more of the money spent locally, stays locally, with £1 spent with a local supplier worth £1.76 to the local economy, and only 36 pence if it is spent out of the area.

The money retained by local retailers is reinvested in job creation, paying staff and paying for business rates which can be ploughed back into the borough by the local authority.

Enfield Council is especially keen to give the borough's town centres a boost in the run up to Christmas - the busiest time of the year for most businesses.

Shopping locally also helps the environment because shoppers either walk, or drive a shorter distance to the shops and local businesses are more likely to use local suppliers rather than a global supply chain.

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