Vince Cable and Tom Brake MP visited businesses in Carshalton and Wallington last Friday, in the lead up to ‘Small Business Saturday,’ a nationwide project to celebrate independent local businesses.
The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills dropped in at the award-winning greengrocers, Carshalton Patch in Gordon Road, Carshalton Beeches in the morning. This impressive local independent business, currently employing 2 apprentices, offers good quality, fresh produce sourced from local growers and suppliers. Both MPs bought locally made produce including peanut butter and honey.
Visiting the famous shop, Tom commented: “It is so important that we support our local businesses. They are a vital part of our local economy and local community and we need to get behind them. They add character to our area and are a source of local jobs. We’ve also seen a large increase in apprenticeships nationally, and it is through events like ‘Small Business Saturday’ that we celebrate these businesses’ achievements.”
In the afternoon, Vince Cable was speaking at the offices of United Corporation, a local but internationally recognised energy services provider in Stafford Road, Wallington. The company specialises in the supply of equipment, process plant, machinery and refinery spares to the oil and gas industry. United Corporation was awarded The Queens Award For Enterprise: International Trade in 2007 and 2011.