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Be part of something good on Small Business Saturday

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15 November 2017

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There is no better way to get behind the local economy than by starting the Christmas shopping season in support of Small Business Saturday on 2 December.

 - Enfield asked to support local businesses in the lead up to Christmas
 - Local businesses strengthen and shape our communities
 - Enterprise Enfield, Wenta and others to host events for small- to medium-sized businesses

There is no better way to get behind the local economy and Enfield’s entrepreneurs than by starting the Christmas shopping season in support of Small Business Saturday on 2 December.

Enfield Council is asking residents to “be part of something good” by shopping locally this festive season.

Local businesses are a crucial part of Enfield’s strong communities, bringing choice and vitality to the borough’s high streets and keeping money circulating in the local economy. According to the Federation of Small Businesses,  for every £1 spent with a local or medium-sized business, 63% is re-spent in the local area.

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

 Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration and Business, Cllr Alan Sitkin, said: “We are committed to supporting local businesses and urge our residents to shop at their nearest town centre on Small Business Saturday and in the run up to Christmas. Local shopping helps keep independent shops and suppliers alive while retaining the distinctive character of neighbourhoods.

“We all benefit from having thriving and successful town centres. Enfield Council will continue to help nurture small enterprises, create favourable conditions for growth and support commerce.”

In support of Small Business Saturday, local business organisations are hosting a number of exciting events. Leading business support and advice service Enterprise Enfield will be opening its doors on Saturday, 2 December, to offer taster seminars and networking opportunities.

 Their ‘Big Ideas for Small Businesses’ drop-in day will not only celebrate small businesses but the team at Enterprise Enfield will also be on hand to offer advice and guidance on areas such as starting up, business planning, raising finance, sales, marketing and web design.  Visitors will also have the chance to view the Hub’s business facilities. Pre-registration for the free taster seminars is online at www.EnterpriseEnfield.org or by calling 020 8443 45457. 

 Social enterprise Wenta is holding a ‘Thank You’ evening to showcase a number of its businesses based at its Enfield centre, giving them a chance to promote themselves, to take advantage of a business advice drop-in surgery and a PR masterclass. To attend this free event on 29 November, please visit https://www.wenta.co.uk/training-events/the-wenta-thank-you-event-enfield-showcase-networking-and-masterclass/ and make sure you register.

 Enfield Council publishes a magazine – Enjoy Enfield - to help promote local businesses and to keep residents informed of the exciting things going on in the borough. The latest Christmas-themed edition of the magazine is bursting with information on what services local businesses are offering during the festive season and how you can see Enfield at its best.

 In addition, Enjoy Enfield now has its own website, where you can find details on what to do and where to go in the borough. Visit www.enjoyenfield.co.uk  where you will also find the latest edition of the magazine. You can also find plenty of up-to-date information by following the hashtag #EnjoyEnfield on Twitter.