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Published Friday, 27 November 2015

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 (5 December).

Enterprise Enfield will be holding a number of seminars in its Let’s Go! Business Hub at Enfield Business Centre between 10am - 4pm. 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, winning new business, managing accounts and raising finance.

This comes just after Enfield Council won the ‘Best Small Business Friendly Procurement’ category in the 2015 'Small Business Friendly Borough Awards', run by the London Region of the Federation of Small Businesses and London Councils.

The Council wants more local businesses to be able to bid for government and council contracts. Projects like Retrofit London has provided specialist support and advice for businesses to tender for a range of initiatives including Green Deal, Smart Homes and Smart Business. 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 and services plus they provide a vibrant nightlife. 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 " "If you are running an existing business or thinking about starting up - come along to our exciting Small Business Saturday Hub Showcase event. See our facilities, meet our current Hub users, browse stands and get valuable advice, guidance and information from our experts about how to grow your business successfully!" 

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 travel 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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