Eastbourne and Willingdon MP Caroline Ansell has toured the town in support of independent shops during last weekend’s Small Business Saturday.

Caroline went to many areas with councillors and council candidates on the day.

She met with local retailers including The Sovereign Cake Studio, Ann’s Flowers, Chapman Wine Merchants and Goodlife Stores, to name but a few.

The MP bought Christmas presents and chatted to owners and staff about the present business and economic climate.

“I am a huge supporter of Small Business Saturday and every year I go out and about in support of our independent retailers across our town,” said Caroline.

“It was great to meet so many owners and hear their enthusiasm for their businesses – they have so much to offer including in many cases loyalty cards.

“Our small local businesses are the lifeblood of the local economy and add so much life to their areas. In these challenging times we need to rally behind them, not just on Small Business Saturday, but all year.

“Please consider looking at our local shops for your gifts and giving Amazon a miss a few times. They need our support.”

Caroline added she was keen to support local businesses.

“If you are a small business owner and would like me to come and visit in the New Year, or if I can help in any way, please get in touch,” she said.