WIGANERS are being urged to support small firms by shopping and trading within the borough as part of Local Business Week.
Now in its 10th year, Local Business Week 2015 continues to rally the support of the public and small and medium enterprises (SME) across the country by encouraging people to shop local while also giving guidance to small business owners.
During the week, key figures in the SME industry are also calling for the new government – especially new Business Secretary Sajid Javid and Minister for Small Business Anna Soubry – to continue to support local enterprises.
SMEs account for more than 99 per cent of all UK business and nearly half of all private sector employment, making the support and growth of local commerce as important as ever in driving economic stability and opening new markets in communities.
In Wigan, there are several business forums, linking SMEs together,
Victoria Gregson, committee member of Wigan Borough Business Club (Wigan BBC), said: “It is crucial for small businesses to network; even in the age of social media, for many, face-to-face contact remains the most effective way of securing new work.
“Small businesses, and especially one-person operations like myself, don’t have marketing teams and it’s vital to get out there in the local business community, make and build contacts and offer support to each other.”
Wigan BBC meets the first Tuesday of the month. On June 2, it is hosting a wine tasting event at Winstanley Tennis Club, Hall Lane, Billinge, at 6pm.