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Andrew Jones Member of Parliament for Harrogate & Knaresborough

Andrew Jones MP

Member of Parliament for Harrogate & Knaresborough

Small Business Saturday

Local MP Andrew Jones supported Small Business Saturday by highlighting the role small businesses play in his Harrogate and Knaresborough constituency.

Mr Jones started the day by having a coffee at Baltzersen’s on Oxford Street in Harrogate.  He met Councillor Richard Cooper, Leader of Harrogate Borough Council and Councillor Graham Swift, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and owner Paul Rawlinson.  Paul is producing an indie guide for independent traders in Harrogate.

Then it was on to award-winning Elite Meats where Andrew purchased one of their pork pies and chatted to owner Gordon Atkinson.

Next Andrew called in on the Knaresborough Christmas market which was packed.  Many old friends like the Knaresborough Lions and Rotary were there and Andrew shared a mulled wine with them.

On the Market Square is the Lavender Tea Rooms where Andrew and Council Leader Richard Cooper had lunch and spoke to owner Rowan Bardon about his business.

Finally, Andrew popped into Stephen Teggin Hairdressers on the High Street in Knaresborough.  Steve is the President of Knaresborough Chamber of Trade and spoke to Andrew and local Councillor Phil Ireland about issues affecting local small businesses.

Andrew commented:  “I have started small businesses and grown them.  I know it is rewarding and invigorating but it is also a lot of work.  That is why I wanted to acknowledge that particularly on Small Business Saturday.  It is our small businesses that give our area its charm and appeal; which make our town centres unique.  Across the country it is also small businesses that provide the most employment.  That is why I am keen to support them and to see them thrive.”

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