Small Business Saturday: Celebrating local businesses throughout Sefton Central

Bill Esterson and Federation of Small Businesses national chairman John Allen and Merseyside branch chairman Chris Burgess at Hightown's The Village Store with owner Elaine O'Malley and Hightown's social media editor John McCall.

Bill Esterson MP was joined by the Federation of Small Businesses national chairman John Allan and Merseyside branch chairman Chris Burgess as he visited local businesses in Sefton Central to celebrate Small Business Saturday.

Bill, who is also the Shadow Minister for Small Business, took advantage of the annual event to celebrate small businesses here in Formby, Crosby and Maghull.

He invited the FSB big hitters to the constituency to show them what entrepreneurs here in Sefton Central have to offer.

In Formby, one of the businesses they called in to was Red Star Brewery.

The three founders, Glen Monaghan, Dave Blanchard and Ian Walsh set up their own micro-brewery on Formby Industrial Estate just six months ago, but already supply their award winning beers to pubs, bars and shops, not just here in the North West, but also around the country and even in Europe.

Glen said: "We are delighted that the Federation of Small Businesses have shown an interest in Red Star in these early stages of the business.

"We are just starting out, but we are rapidly growing and we are proud to say that we are a Formby business.

"We look forward to working closely with the FSB in the future."

The trio also called in to Hightown's Village Store, where they met owner Elaine O'Malley.

Elaine said: "It has been really great to get this support on Small Business Saturday. It's nice to get noticed.

"As a small business, we get support from this community and that is what keeps us going.

"If it wasn't for local people coming in and using this business, then we would have to close and that is the same for other small businesses in this community.

"We are continually evolving to meet the needs of our customers, from providing home deliveries to providing price match with the supermarkets. Customer service is key, as is price. Here at the Village Store, we provide both.

"We are a family business providing a service to a family community. That's what successful small businesses are all about."

Another stop for the Small Business Saturday convoy was The Treasure Trove on College Road in Crosby.

The Treasure Trove houses two entrepreneurs, Wendy Edwards and Rachel Gilbertson, who is assisted by mum Lynn.

Wendy said: "We have been here now for two years and we have some brilliant loyal customers from this community who regularly call in to say hello and see what we have on offer that week.

"This is a great location to be based in. The support has been brilliant.

"Small Business Saturday is a a good idea as it highlights small businesses in our local communities who provide a service and are a real part of that community. Small businesses need local support to survive.

"If small businesses don't get that support, then our high streets will look like ghost towns."

Bill Esterson said he was proud to take the FSB's national chairman and Merseyside region chairman to small businesses in Sefton Central.

Bill said: "We have some amazing small businesses here in Sefton Central. I was delighted that the FSB national chairman John Allan and Merseyside branch chairman Chris Burgess accepted my invitation to visit some of them on Small Business Saturday.

"Small Business Saturday is a brilliant initiative to shine a spotlight on local businesses in the run up to Christmas.

"I am immensely proud to support the local businesses here in Sefton Central who do so much for our local economy and provide much needed jobs.

"That's why I was proud to bring John and Chris here to see just a few of those brilliant businesses and I would like to thank them for accepting my invitation.

"I am working my way around the many, many small businesses in this constituency and I look forward to visiting many more more in the coming weeks, month and years to give them the support they need to keep our high streets alive."

 

Bill Esterson and Federation of Small Businesses national chairman John Allen and Merseyside branch chairman Chris Burgess at Crosby's The Treasure Trove with Wendy Edwards and Lynn Gilbertson.

Bill Esterson and Federation of Small Businesses national chairman John Allen and Merseyside branch chairman Chris Burgess at Crosby's The Treasure Trove with Wendy Edwards and Lynn Gilbertson.

 

Bill Esterson and Federation of Small Businesses national chairman John Allen and Merseyside branch chairman Chris Burgess at Red Star Brewery with co-founder Glen Monaghan.

Bill Esterson and Federation of Small Businesses national chairman John Allen and Merseyside branch chairman Chris Burgess at Red Star Brewery with co-founder Glen Monaghan.

 

Bill Esterson and Federation of Small Businesses national chairman John Allen and Merseyside branch chairman Chris Burgess at Hightown's The Village Store with owner Elaine O'Malley and Hightown's social media editor John McCall.

Bill Esterson and Federation of Small Businesses national chairman John Allen and Merseyside branch chairman Chris Burgess at Hightown's The Village Store with owner Elaine O'Malley and Hightown's social media editor John McCall.