Cllr Irfan Mohammed is Lambeth’s Business Champion and a councillor in Ferndale ward.
Small Businesses are the heart of Lambeth. They employ local people and on the large part are run by residents and through this play a big part in making Lambeth one big community.
As Christmas is fast approaching and we are coming out of the second lockdown and into Tier 2, our small businesses are more reliant on support from our residents than ever before. It has been a very difficult for all of us due to the pandemic, and businesses have suffered in different ways. Some businesses have had to close for significant chunks of time throughout the year due to lockdown measures, whilst others have remained open due to the essential nature – with key workers working every day of the week to keep Lambeth supported through a time of unprecedented difficulty. Though they may have come in different forms, all our businesses have faced challenges in 2020.
Lambeth has worked hard to support our local businesses during the pandemic – launching the £4.2 million Economic Hardship Fund to help more than 370 organisations including restaurants, pubs, cafes, clubs and music venues which had been put at risk by loss of income during the crisis. But many of these family run businesses, which have been inherited through generations and truly are a part of Lambeth’s fabric are still at risk. They need our help as Lambeth residents to support them through the next stages of this pandemic.
Ahead of small business Saturday on 5 December, we are calling on everyone in Lambeth to shop local for Christmas this year. In the lead up to the festive season, making the choice to shop local can make all the difference. Our businesses have supported us during these difficult times – and it’s so important that we show our appreciation and shop local to help ensure they keep going.
Shop local, shop safe.
Cllr Irfan Mohammed