On Saturday the 1st of September I visited 13 small independent businesses across the constituency for Small Business Saturday- my busiest yet! Small Business Saturday celebrated its 6th year this year and it is great to hear that an estimated £812 million was spent with small businesses across the UK on the day.
I started my day at Gita’s Portal, a great clothing shop in Deptford Market Yard, but was sad to hear that they were set to close down. I’ll be working with the owner to try and save her shop, but it was a sad reminder of the problems of high rents and service charges faced by small business owners in Lewisham Deptford. I also chatted to other small business owners and workers about issues they face such as high VAT and parking problems.
During the day I stopped for coffees at Sparrow and the Broca, cakes at Festa Sul Prato and Fish and (lots of) Chips at Brockley’s Rock. I had a great haircut at Cinda’s in New Cross, and even had a go with the scissors myself at Paul’s Hairdressers in Brockley. I also managed to fit in some Christmas shopping at Honeybourne’s, Paraphernalia and the Croftmas celebrations at Beecroft School. A big thank you to Jason at Crofton Books for his great book choices and KarriTwist for their amazing hand-made Small Business Saturday signs and Christmas canapés. I finished off the day at the lovely Brickfields Bar for a celebratory glass of wine.
We are lucky to have so many thriving small businesses in Lewisham Deptford which help make our community exciting. I want to thank them all for making it such a fun day- I’m looking forward to next year!