Catch the bus for ad­vice on busi­ness

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE -

SMALL busi­ness own­ers can get free ad­vice from ex­perts and fel­low en­trepreneurs this week.

The Small Busi­ness Satur­day bus will be parked out­side the town hall from 10am to 2pm on Fri­day.

All types of small busi­nesses can drop in on the day for free sup­port and ad­vice.

Coun­cil leader Richard Far­nell said: “As a coun­cil, we’ve al­ways backed this worth­while cam­paign, so I’m re­ally proud to see that Rochdale has been se­lected as just one of 29 dif­fer­ent towns and cities which will get a visit from the Small Busi­ness Satur­day bus.”

Coun Peter Williams, cabi­net mem­ber for busi­ness, skills and em­ploy­ment, said: “Small busi­nesses are the lifeblood of our high streets.

“They bring jobs, in­vest­ment and a unique­ness that you sim­ply don’t get with the larger chains. They also tend to spend with other lo­cal busi­nesses and keep money in the lo­cal econ­omy, which ben­e­fits ev­ery­one. I would urge the many fan­tas­tic small busi­nesses we have in the bor­ough to hop aboard the bus and take ad­van­tage of this fan­tas­tic free ad­vice.”

Now in its fifth year, Small Busi­ness Satur­day is a grass­roots, not-for-profit cam­paign, which orig­i­nated in the US in 2010 and aims to cel­e­brate small busi­nesses.

On the day it­self, Satur­day, De­cem­ber 2, there will be a craft mar­ket in the Rochdale Ex­change, where a se­lec­tion of small busi­nesses will sell their prod­ucts.

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