Cllr Spencer Drury joins David Cameron in Supporting Small Business Saturday

Leader of Greenwich Conservatives Cllr Spencer Drury has joined Prime Minister David Cameron in supporting Small Business Saturday.


Small Business Saturday takes place on the 7th December, one of the busiest shopping days of the year and the aim of the event is to encourage people to shop locally and support small businesses in their communities. Alongside David Cameron, the Conservative Party’s new Small Business Ambassador, Karren Brady has also pledged her support to Small Business Saturday.


In support of Small Business Saturday, David Cameron, said: “There are nearly five million small businesses in the UK; they are the lifeblood of the economy, employing millions of people. The Conservative Party recognises the huge importance of small businesses to the UK economy – that’s why we’re cutting up to £2,000 off National Insurance for every business through the Employment Allowance. Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity to support your local shops and community”


Spencer added: “This is a fantastic opportunity for people here in Greenwich to shop locally and support our local butchers, bakers, cafés and retailers.  It is a chance to celebrate the amazing contribution our small shops make to our local community.”


At tonight meeting of Full Council Greenwich Conservatives will be calling on Labour-run Greenwich Council to withdraw its ‘pavement tax’ and refund any shop that has paid. Spencer continued   “Greenwich Conservatives are committed to standing up for our local traders across the Royal Borough of Greenwich.  The pavement tax is just one of a number of attacks on local businesses by this reckless Labour-run Council and when combined with policies such as imposing pay by mobile phone only parking charges on Eltham High Street and Old Dover Road in Blackheath suggests that the Council has no idea how to support small, independent retailers. We need a Council that protects local shops instead of attacking them.”


Greenwich Conservative Councillors did propose a separate £3m fund to be spent over the next two years in their alternative budget at the start of this year.