Burnley MP’s bid to save our shops

Gordon Birtwistle, Liberal Democrats. Photo Ben Parsons 19-04-10
Gordon Birtwistle, Liberal Democrats. Photo Ben Parsons 19-04-10

BURNLEY MP Gordon Birtwistle has pledged to support small businesses in his role as an ambassador for the Federation of Small Businesses’ Keep Trade Local campaign.

He signed the pledge to support the campaign at the premises of Ashworth Moulds Accountants of Nicholas Street, Burnley.

As ambassador of Keep Trade Local – a campaign that 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” – Mr Birtwistle has pledged to forever remember that small businesses are at the heart of communities; support small businesses in the constituency and bring the small business voice to Parliament.

Craig Morgan, East Lancashire branch chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, 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 Keep Trade Local campaign highlights the significance small firms have in the local community – they aren’t just part of the local community, they are the local community.”

Gary Lovatt, regional chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “Our cities and towns are creating Clone Town Britain. We need to stand up as a united voice and as ambassador for this campaign, together we will tell the Government to Keep Trade Local.”