Small Business Saturday

On Saturday 3rd December Dr Liam Fox MP visited small business across North Somerset in support of small business Saturday. Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities.

North Somerset has a fantastic range of thriving small businesses from food producers to technology companies to local independent service providers. The area benefits from excellent road links, a large number of local producers, beautiful scenery and an affluent consumer base. On Saturday Dr Liam Fox MP visited The Fitness Hub gym, Ryan’s Autos, T&G Woodware, CEL Robox, Play Zone and Coffetek in Portishead

Dr Liam Fox MP also visited Number 19 on Alexandra Road in Clevedon where he met Emmeline Simpson to see her range of contemporary gifts featuring UK cities.  Dr Liam Fox said that he was very proud of the innovation and achievements of our small businesses. He was delighted to see how businesses are embracing new opportunities and adapting and thriving in a changing trading environment.

Dr Fox said: “Leaving the EU presents the UK with new opportunities in trade and investment, and this Autumn Statement sends the clearest message to the world that the UK is open for business.

Government is determined to get the best deals for households and UK businesses and this settlement ensures we’re able to support more UK exporters, attract more overseas buyers and strengthen our capability to develop and deliver an international trade policy for the UK.

Today, we stand on the verge of an unprecedented ability to liberate global trade for the benefit of our whole planet with technological advances dissolving away the barriers of time and distance.

It is potentially the beginning of what I might call ‘post geography trading world’ where we are much less restricted in having to find partners who are physically close to us.

It is an exhilarating, empowering and liberating time yet this bright future is being darkened by the shadows of protectionism and retrenchment. History teaches us that such trends do not bode well for the future”.