Eric Pickles to get into the Christmas spirit in Great Yarmouth

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles will visit Great Yarmouth with MP Brandon Lewis on Saturday. Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles will visit Great Yarmouth with MP Brandon Lewis on Saturday.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
1:47 PM

Communities minister Eric Pickles is visiting Great Yarmouth to find out about Small Business Saturday on the Norfolk coast.

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Eric Pickles and MP for Great Yarmouth Brandon Lewis, pictured, will meet people who have started businesses in the Yarmouth area this year. 

Picture: James BassEric Pickles and MP for Great Yarmouth Brandon Lewis, pictured, will meet people who have started businesses in the Yarmouth area this year. Picture: James Bass

Mr Pickles, secretary of state for communities and local government, will join Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis at a Christmas fair on Saturday morning.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s festive event at the Novus Centre on The Conge coincides with Small Business Saturday, a campaign to support and celebrate small businesses across the country, and the ministerial visit will be part of the pair’s wider tour of events taking place across the south east.

Based at the Novus Centre is enterpriseGY, a borough council-led programme which supports start-up businesses in the Yarmouth area.

The project delivers pre-and post-start business advice and training free-of-charge to residents and between April and September this year helped 48 new businesses to start up.

Stalls at the fair will be manned by various companies that have recevied help and support from enterpriseGY, with goods on offer ranging from cakes to handmade Chrismtas cards.

Councillor Trevor Wainwright, Labour leader of the borough council, said: “This is important national recognition of the borough council’s work to support small businesses, which are so vital for economic growth.

“The fair will be a day of festive fun day for families, while showcasing the small businesses and supporting nearby market traders and stores by attracting more customers into the town centre.

“It is also a chance for the ministers to find out more about enterpriseGY and the local entrepreneurs it has helped – and even pick up a few Christmas gifts for their friends and families on the way.”

The fair will run from 10am to 3pm. Admission is free-of-charge.

-Small Business Saturday was founded by American Express in 2010. In the UK, it is a grassroots campaign backed by Government. See facebook.com/SmallBusinessSaturdayUK or follow @SmallBizSatUk on Twitter for more information.

5 comments

  • A puppet of an MP so he can stick his hand up it and work it's mouth piece. What do you mean, he's already got one of those?

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    A M

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • I wonder what Eric will think of a certain ncc cabinet member from gt yarmouth who will probably lobby him to approve consent for the incinerator? The man in question may get a flea in his ear after his outburst about our Henry on 28th Nov. I am told the recording has been sent to several ministers to evidence the debate on the incompetency of ncc leaving public services on the verge of bankruptcy unless we gave into officer scaremongering, black.mail, and approved the rpp.

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    Canary Boy

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • Will GYBC be able to afford the lunch bill?

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    wes1975

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • How time flies the meeting I refer to below was of course 28th October sorry for error.

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    Canary Boy

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

  • I wonder what sort of Christmas decoration Mr Pickles will be looking for? A frozen Han Solo to hang on his wall...?

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    ThePresence

    Wednesday, December 4, 2013

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