Essex FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) has praised South Basildon and East Thurrock MP Stephen Metcalfe for signing an FSB Charter to become a Keep Trade Local Ambassador.
Essex FSB spokesman for Thurrock, Ross Bannister, said: “For some time now Essex FSB has been concerned about the future of Basildon and Grays Town Centres as we have seen a number of independent retailers close down.
“The Keep Trade Local campaign highlights the importance of small shops, post offices and pubs to the local community and seeks to save the high streets from the ‘identi-kit syndrome’
“As ambassador of Keep Trade Local our local MP, Stephen Metcalfe, has pledged to:
Forever remember that small businesses are at the heart of communities
Support small businesses in my constituency
Bring the small business voice to Parliament
“Essex FSB is delighted that Stephen has agreed to become a Keep Trade Local Ambassador and we look forward to working with him to promote this campaign so we can retain some of the character that makes this area such a pleasant place in which to live, work and shop.
South Basildon and East Thurrock MP Stephen Metcalfe said: “Small businesses are vital to our economy and it is imperative we recognise their importance to our high streets and to pulling the UK into recovery.
“The FSB’s Keep Trade Local campaign highlights the significance small firms have in the local community – they aren’t just part of the local community, but they are the local community.
“Small businesses are coming under a combination of pressures – not least because of these uncertain economic times. We could lose our traditional shops that serve our everyday needs.
“Our small shops offer a personal service because they have an understanding about the product they are selling that big chains just don’t.
“The UK is driven by small firms that make up 99 per cent of all UK businesses – they are the engine growth for job creation.
“But far too many of our cities and towns are creating ‘Clone Town Britain’. As ambassador for this campaign I agree with Essex FSB that we need to stand up as a united voice and together we will tell the Government, to Keep Trade Local.”