Come and support Small Business Saturday

Lifestyle / Mon 24th Nov 2014 at 12:16pm

SMALL Business Saturday 2014 is on Saturday December 6th – and it’s coming to Harlow with some exciting events at the heart of the community.

To mark the day, aimed at nurturing those with their own small businesses and encouraging everyone to shop locally, Harlow Mums in Business and Mumpreneurs Networking Club, have joined forces with one of the busiest venues, the Gateway, to provide a networking and support forum for small companies, and Christmas fayre which will showcase some of the multi-talented business people of Harlow and its surrounding area.

The networking and mentoring forum will take place on the morning of Small Business Saturday, and cover topics such as finance, running a business on a shoestring and marketing, plus a session of speed-networking.

The events are an all-round community initiative as money from registration goes to the Gateway Centre. The speakers will be giving their time for free to support small business, and the whole enterprise is being supported by Robert Halfon MP and PPC Suzy Stride.

The Gateway Christmas Shopping Fayre will build on the success of the first event of this kind, which was held last year. Stallholders at the Fayre are expected to be offering a wide range of items including jewellery, crafts, textiles, baked goods, sweets, clothing and books.

Ankrah Associates, Harlow Mums in Business and the Mumpreneurs Networking Club Harlow & Epping are pleased to support Small Business Saturday. Elizabeth Thomas, president of Harlow Mums in Business says: “Small Business Saturday is a non-political campaign that is fast becoming a tradition. It takes place on the first shopping Saturday in December each year, and focuses on small businesses encouraging everyone to shop local and support the small companies in their area.

“Harlow which not only has the highest business growth in the UK, but also has so many microbusinesses & small-to-medium enterprises in the town, linked up by a wide range of networking bodies, and they all deserve to be seen and appreciated.”

Yvette Ankrah, business coach and mentor at Ankrah Associates says: “Small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy and have created the most jobs in recent times. With support so many can thrive which is why I am happy to support this event.”

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