Great to visit and shop

It was great to be out and about around the constituency on Small Business Saturday to support shops, cafes, markets and entrepreneurs from across Liverpool Wavertree who are working so hard to provide services for our local community.

I met up with Peter from local business Elabora who had a stall at the Anglican Cathedral as part of the Winter Fair showcasing his range of quality handcrafted products, including gifts and furniture.

Small Business Saturday was founded in 2013 as a way of giving an extra boost to the businesses that make a huge local difference but don’t have access to the advertising budgets of the big firms.

Shopping can be thirsty work so I was very happy to stop off at espresso plus on Rose Lane for a coffee and to say hello to the team. The independent fully licensed coffee bar and bistro is open daytime 7 days a week and is available for evening hire.

There is always a warm welcome from Julie at Voglio who sells really lovely Liverpool themed gifts, including Lambananas, Liverbirds, Sagaform, Wotmalike and lots of exclusive Liverpool products.

The service sector makes up around 80 per cent of the UK economy, much of it made up of-small businesses like BMD Law on Wavertree High Street led by Bernadette McDonald.

The Joseph Lappin Centre in Old Swan was kind enough to host my most recent coffee afternoon for local residents. Joe’s Diner is open during the week at the centre and also available for catering through the Posh Nosh Family.

This is a great time of year to shop with a local business that are such an important part of our communities and I was delighted to be able to meet up with so many people contributing to our local economy.