Mr Wilson said: “It was an honour to get behind our areas local small shops and independent businesses on Small Business Saturday. We should do all we can to thank them for the vital contribution they make to the local economy, adding to the local community and boosting diversity on the High Street.
"I have been working for a while on improving Aycliffe town centre and Love Thy Cupcake is the exact type of business we want to see more of in the centre, alongside the large chains."
Saffron Broad is the owner of Love Thy Cupcake. She set up the business last year after leaving the corporate world to do something more creative.
She said: “I was making cakes for friends and family and decided I wanted a career that made me and other people happy, so I left the corporate world and set up Love Thy Cupcake.
"Many people who come in the shop say they would like to see more businesses like mine in Newton Aycliffe so I hope this will be an encouragement to the shopping centre and other entrepreneurial hopefuls that this type of business can work.”
Across the UK different activities took place to promote Britain’s small businesses.
Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna MP said: “Building on the success of last year, Small Business Saturday 2014 will help to provide a much-needed boost to our High Streets and make even more consumers aware of the fantastic products and services offered by small and independent businesses.
Small businesses have had an extremely tough few years, and have been hit by soaring business rates. That’s why the next Labour government want to get behind small business. We will therefore cut – then freeze – business rates to back Britain’s wealth creators.”
This story was first published in The Northern Echo on December 8th 2014... see here for details