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MP & FSB show support on Small Business Saturday

Thirsk and Malton MP, Kevin Hollinrake, joined forces with North Yorkshire’s FSB Development Manager Carolyn Frank to congratulate Pickering’s newest business ‘2 Burgate’ on its first day open on Small Business Saturday, a nationwide event now in its sixth year.

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2 Burgate is a new café bar concept for Pickering, formerly known as café Frog, and has been extensively renovated by owner Janet Hunter, who said “FSB has supported me throughout my business planning and start up and I am delighted to welcome Carolyn as my first official customer. I appreciate the support from our local MP too, who is such a champion of small businesses in the area. Gins are our speciality and we toasted the opening with a taster of Sacred gin, from a small artisanal distillery. Opening on Small Business Saturday was a great way to highlight how important small businesses are to Pickering, and the national campaigns from Small Business Saturday UK over the last 6 years have been of great interest to me as a self-employed driving instructor, but this year, with my new café bar, being able to take part and actually open on the day felt really apt. A big thank you to everyone who supported our opening. The business community here have been really welcoming and I look forward to working with them in the future.”
 
Helmsley in Business held another full weekend programme to celebrate Small Business Saturday with businesses across the town putting on 6 hours of entertainment and activities in their premises including a giant selfie snow globe, a nutcracker trail and the ever popular Christmas tree festival, with further activities including a window trail and the trees in Church continuing for another fortnight.
 
Carolyn Frank commented “The FSB has worked closely with Small Business Saturday since its inception in 2013 and many of our members like Janet, and members in Helmsley, took part on the day. Helmsley in Business held their famous festive fun day, with many small businesses coming together to celebrate their independent business community, and I enjoyed the event there in the afternoon. Bedale also had a successful Christmas festival to celebrate, despite the horrendous weather, I have seen so much goodwill towards small businesses on the day, which is really encouraging to see their value to our communities. Congratulations also to Kemps General Store from Malton who were in this year’s small business Saturday 100 and represented the area at the House of Lords.” 
 
Kevin Hollinrake said “Congratulations to Janet and her excellent team at 2 Burgate. It’s great to see new businesses setting up in our market towns. It’s exactly these kinds of businesses that keep our market towns alive and thriving all year round. I am a huge supporter of small business which boost the local economy and bring communities together. I wish them all well for 2019.”