A POLITICIAN has hailed small businesses as the lifeline for communities, ahead of Small Business Saturday.

This Saturday, December 3, marks Small Business Saturday which encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ to support small businesses.

Ahead of the event, Peter Fox, the Member of the Senedd for Monmouth, visited two local businesses and said:

“Small businesses are the beating heart of our economy: creating local opportunities for local people across our constituency.

“This week, I was delighted to visit two first-class businesses – Llanyrafon-based Cwmbran Fresh Produce and Raglan-based Extons – which both play a huge role in the community.

“Small businesses are having a tough time, largely because of the long-term damage caused by Covid as well as changing shopping habits.

‘‘That’s why it’s absolutely vital that we support small businesses by shopping local.

‘‘Because, if they go, they won’t be returning.”