St Helens MP Marie Rimmer has hailed the contribition small firms make to the local economy.
Speaking ahead of Small Business Saturday, Ms Rimmer encouraged residents to “shop small”.
She said: “There are lots of great businesses in St Helens South and Whiston and the campaign is a great way of raising awareness and helping boost trade.”
Angela Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, said: “Small Business Saturday is growing bigger and better every year, it’s such an important day because it puts small businesses in the spotlight and encourages people to shop locally.
“Labour wants to do more to help our risk takers and wealth creators, by helping businesses with the challenges they face on issues like access to finance and late payments. We’ll work in partnership with businesses entrepreneurs and workers to create a stronger economy.”