THE LAUNCH of a new base for an IT support company marked a day designed to celebrate smaller enterprises.
Guests including the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Redditch attended the opening of the new Lansalot Limited premises in Studley Road on Saturday (December 6) which coincided with Small Business Saturday.
The company was set up in 2006 and will now be able to take on more staff as well as offering on-site IT support to small firms in the area.
Operations director Justine Rixon said: “Having seen many small businesses fail over the years due to the lack of support at the important growth stages, we wanted to try something a little different and see if Lansalot could give that support through a well-established network of local businesses that have been there, done that and bought the t-shirt so to speak, ensuring the business community continues to grow stronger and employ more local people.
“Sometimes all that is needed is the knowledge there is a group of like-minded business owners who are all working towards the same goal to support you if you need them because the road to business growth can be a lonely worrying one without trusted support.”
Among those in attendance was Labour Parliamentary spokeswoman Rebecca Blake, who also visited Cutting Edge hairdressers in Church Hill, Knights Pharmacy in Winyates and Hayward Wright Accountants in Oakenshaw.
“The day is a great excuse to promote local companies and remind people to support the local economy.” she said.
Redditch MP Karen Lumley marked the day by visiting Rio Hair in Headless Cross, The Stables in Astwood Bank and the Village Shop in Feckenham.
She said: “Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity to celebrate and support Britain’s 5.2million small and medium-sized businesses.
“Small business owners work extremely hard, driving Britain’s recovery and creating jobs for others. One of my three key priorities as Redditch’s MP is to bang the drum for businesses to invest locally, boosting the economy and bringing more jobs to Redditch.”
She added measures announced in the Autumn Statement last week, which included doubling of small business rate relief for another year and extending transitional rate relief, were ‘greeted enthusiastically’ by the company bosses she had met.
MP Karen Lumley with stylist Aimee Smith at Rio Hair 5014002MMR