As a small business owner, I am aware of many of the problems facing our local businesses, from bureaucracy to advertising costs. This leaflet details some of the ways in which I hope to assist local traders if I am elected.
I will strongly encourage residents to use local companies, shops and tradesmen to protect jobs within our villages.
New Community Website
I will use my experience as a self-employed web designer to create a new community website. The aim is to create a central hub for all information, from events to local history. It will also serve as a link between residents, local businesses and tradesmen.
Highlights from the site will be featured in a regular email newsletter, and updates will be posted on Facebook and Twitter too. This should ensure a steady flow of visitors to the website.
FREE Local Business Directory
I will create a local business directory built into the new community website. Companies, shops and tradesmen based in Long Ashton, Failand, Wraxall or the Elms will be listed for free, along with a description, contact details and user reviews.
Interviews With Local Traders
To highlight local businesses, I will regularly publish interviews with owners on the community website and through the email newsletter. This will be a superb way for companies to raise their local profile, without having to pay for advertising.
Businesses will be encouraged to publish their latest special offers and vouchers via the website (for free). This should help to drum up more business and interest.
To assist the local pubs and B&Bs, the website will promote our area as an excellent place to stay for people looking to visit Tyntesfield and Ashton Court, through a tourism section on the community website. People visiting Bristol will also be encouraged to stay outside the city.
In addition, I will seek to promote some well-planned country walks that will end up at our local pubs and cafes.