AN ASSEMBLY Member has marked a national event to support local independent businesses.

Jack Sargeant, AM for Alyn and Deeside, aimed to show his support on Small Business Saturday, earlier this month.

He called into The Broad Oak pub, Connah’s Quay to speak to landlord Jake Lindop and hear first-hand about his experience of running a small business in Deeside and to urge residents to support local businesses.

Small Business Saturday UK is grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to 'shop local' and support small businesses in their communities.

The day itself takes place on the first Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses.

Jake Lindop Said: “I have known Jack for many years and he has always been a big supporter of local businesses in Alyn and Deeside. It was great to catch up ahead of the Christmas festivities and hear about the Long Live the Local campaign.”

The Leader: Jack Sargeant AM and Jake Lindop.Jack Sargeant AM and Jake Lindop.

Mr Sargeant, who is the Chair of the National Assembly’s Cross Party Group Beer and Pub also spoke to Jake about the importance of local pubs and the Long Live the Local Campaign.

Long Live The Local is a campaign backed by a broad alliance of pubs, brewers and industry bodies who together form Britain’s Beer Alliance and aims to celebrates the vital role local pubs play in our community, culture and economy.

In the last three years, more than 3,000 pubs have closed - that’s 3 pubs closing their doors for good every day.

Mr Sargeant added: "The Broad Oak is a great local pub and I am keen to do all I can to ensure it and local businesses across Alyn and Deeside thrive.

"Local pubs are far more than places to have a quick pint. They help combat social isolation and are right at the heart of our communities.

"I urge everyone to get behind the Small Business Saturday campaign and support local businesses. Money spent in local businesses stays in the local economy and helps our communities thrive."