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Brits Show Support for Local Businesses

Local businesses and shops — including pubs, newsagents, grocery stores, gyms and hair salons — are highly valued by British consumers, according to new research from Santander Business Banking. The study, which asked people about the businesses in their area, found that British shoppers spend an average of £88 a week with local businesses. The report suggests that this adds up to £217.7 billion a year — nearly double that of the UK internet economy. In addition, the research reveals that consumers would like to see more useful amenities on their doorsteps — with 67% identifying at least one additional business they would like to see open near their home. Top of the most valued amenity was the local pub (47%) closely followed by the newsagent (45%), and the local grocery store ... »

Post Offices Should Become Small Business Hubs

Post Offices Should Become Small Business Hubs

Struggling post offices around the UK should be transformed into small business hubs to safeguard their future, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), which is urging the Government to support the move. Research from the FSB has found that 47 per cent of small firms use the Post Office at least twice a week, but that firms are not getting the local business support they would like to have. In the absence of business support in every community, FSB national chairman, John Wright, said that by becoming business hubs — through offering advice on banking, Government services and insurance, as well as access to dedicated Business Link advisers, Internet access and meeting room facilities for start-ups — the Post Office network would have a chance to become financiall... »