“The initiative to celebrate Small Business Saturday in the UK came from Chuka Umunna MP, Shadow Business Secretary, who only a few weeks ago made a visit to Llanelli to meet local business people and industry leaders. The aim is to encourage people to buy from local businesses and small independent shops on what is one of the busiest Saturdays in the year.
Here in Llanelli the market, with its independent traders, is a real asset to our town, and we all want to see a vibrant town centre. Small businesses add character to our town and put money into the local economy.
But if we want a choice of independent, small retailers, then it really is a question of use them or lose them. The same is true if we value the convenience of the local corner shop, or want to enjoy eating in independent cafés and restaurants.
So I hope you will join me on Saturday 7th December, and enjoy shopping in at our local independent shops”.
Like so many of us here in Llanelli and in the Gwendraeth I was brought up with a strong sense of community and social justice. I want to help change society for the better.
For 20 years I taught in local schools, I was an active member of my trade union; a founder member of a local Women’s Aid organisation; a driving force behind a local youth group; and an environmental activist.
For me being an MP is about standing up for our communities; it’s about making useful changes that will benefit the many, not the few.
I roll up my sleeves and deal with serious issues whether it’s galvanising support on local issues or working with all the different groups who make our community a great place to live.
I am always pleased to hear from you, so please get in touch.