Chuka Umunna - What Small Busines Saturday means to me

Our local small businesses are a huge part of what makes Streatham great. So many people work incredibly hard running and working in small businesses in our community, whether on the high road, tech, media and home starts, or even our local import/export businesses.

I believe our local business community has a bright future. The Business Improvement District we campaigned for is doing so well and there are so many new and exciting enterprises starting in our community.

I know there is rightly a lot of pride in our small businesses – and I am very proud to represent so many. Businesses that not only help make our community what it is but mean jobs and incomes for so many people locally. I think it is incredibly important that we don’t forget to support our small businesses and all they bring to our area.

That was why I originally wanted to bring Small Business Saturday to the UK and to Streatham in particular – the constituency that’s the centre of the universe as far as I’m concerned. I’d noticed in the US all the support that was generated for local small businesses with the Small Business Saturday started there, and I wanted the same in our area.

On one of the biggest shopping days of the year, it’s incredibly important we make sure everyone remembers how much good it does our whole community if everyone who lives locally shops with local small businesses, or if local businesses start doing more business with each other. I believe we’re doing really well in Streatham, but our businesses can do even better if we all come together to support what they do.

That’s what I’m asking everyone in Streatham to do on the 5th December. Support our small businesses, celebrate what they do, and take the time to visit some of the fantastic businesses you may not have got a chance to visit before.