Saturday the 5th of December marks this year’s Small Business Saturday, and Rebecca Evans MS, and Tonia Antoniazzi MP are encouraging their Gower constituents to ‘shop local’ this weekend
and in the run up to Christmas.
The pair have supported Small Business Saturday for many years, but this year it has a special resonance.
Tonia Antoniazzi MP said: “Small businesses are the beating heart of our communities, and this year, more than ever, they need our support. Small businesses across Gower have gone above and beyond throughout the crisis to sustain our communities, so ‘shopping local’ is a great way to say ‘thank you.’”
The Welsh Labour Government has supported small businesses throughout the Coronavirus pandemic by providing the most generous and comprehensive package of support anywhere in the UK – the £1.7bn plus business support package complements other UK schemes.
Rebecca Evans MS said: “Our package of grants and rate reliefs has meant that more businesses in Wales have received some form of government support than in any other part of the UK. Despite this, I know that many businesses are still facing a tough time. Choosing to support local traders when you shop can make all the difference, sustaining local jobs. And you can find some wonderful and unique Christmas presents that you won’t find anywhere else!”
Tonia Antoniazzi MP and Rebecca Evans MS are using their social media channels to promote Gower’s small businesses – if you would like to get involved, please send them an email.
Notes to editors:
Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities.
Rebecca Evans MS, Member of the Senedd for Gower, has welcomed the announcement that GP recruitment figures in Wales have reached record numbers for the third year running. 200 new GP trainees have been recruited this year - a 7% increase from last year’s figure of 186.
Rebecca Evans MS, said: “At a time when the vital role that the NHS and it’s staff play is so firmly in our thoughts, it is encouraging to see so many people coming forward wanting to play their part and wanting to make a career of treating and caring for people.”
The trainees have been recruited by Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW), which over the last few years has established a number of initiatives to promote Wales as a great place to train and work.
They include a targeted scheme offering £20,000 to GP trainees taking up posts in specified areas with a trend of low fill rates.
Rebecca Evans added: “This notable increase in GP training in Wales will have a direct impact on the care and treatment that patients in Wales will receive in the years ahead.”