To help promote this years’ Small Business Saturday - taking place on Saturday 3rd December - Chuka visited several local small businesses in Streatham to find out more about what they do and go back to the shop floor.
Chuka visited Batch & Co on Streatham High Road, where he learned how to make a proper espresso and spoke to the team to find out how business has been. From there he visited Streatham Brewing Company in Streatham Vale to taste their latest batch and get a tour of their microbrewery. He also visited Balfe’s Bikes in Streatham Hill to learn some bike maintenance and discuss conditions for the business.
Chuka said: "Our small businesses are such an important part of our community, and it is so important to support them. Imagine Streatham High Road without all of the unique independent small businesses – it would just be like any other high street around the country. We are rightly proud of our excellent local entrepreneurs and their businesses which are the beating heart of our community. They create jobs and an identity for our area.
"After seeing in the US all the support that was generated for local small businesses there i wanted the same for our small businesses and innovators here in the UK - and I'm so proud to have co-founded Small Business Saturday UK in 2013."
Now in its fourth year, Small Business Saturday will hopefully be bigger and better than ever. In 2014 consumers spent £623m with small firms across Britain as part of Small Business Saturday, an increase of £119m compared to 2014. An estimated 75 percent of local authorities supported the campaign.
Chuka added: "This year’s Small Business Saturday, is on Saturday 3rd December. Support our small businesses, celebrate what they do, and take the time to visit some of the fantastic businesses you may not have got a chance to visit before!"