Tomorrow, 1st December, is Small Business Saturday!
I've spent this morning visiting one of Mansfield's newest independent businesses, The Pud Store. This is a children's clothing store run by Fran Bishop (of Apprentice fame!)
I also met Barclays UK business relationship managers at the Pud, who talked me through their new investment programmes, including a £350 million pot to support the Midlands.
It was great to see the innovative way Fran is attracting new customers to her business. I enjoyed hearing about the support she's had from the bank too!
I hope that you all get out and support local independent shops tomorrow on Small Business Saturday.