Northampton garage highlights role of workshops in Small Business Saturday


A local Northampton independent garage is urging business in Northampton to recognise the role of the independent garage in the business community, ahead of Small Business Saturday on December 7.

Guidebridge MOT in Ashton is one of many independent garages throughout the country taking a business approach to running a garage and is one of many local companies taking part in the first ever UK Small Business Saturday.

The event, which takes place on December 7, is promoting small businesses up and down the country and highlights the importance of supporting independent businesses that are part of their local communities.

There are a number of reasons why customers should choose to shop locally at small businesses which at the start of 2013 formed 99.2 percent of the 4.9 million businesses in the UK. Research has shown that for every £10 spent in a local community, an additional £25 is invested back into the economy, and independent businesses are the biggest generators of jobs in the UK

Independent garages are no different, and just as small independent businesses will look to local suppliers for a personal and quality service, they should also be considering utilising their local independent garage as a vital business supplier, according to Guidebridge owner Jan Lord.

“The sheer amount of garages currently operating in the UK means that in order to stay ahead of their game independent garages are successfully adapting, innovating and evolving, and they are doing this by understanding what it takes to run a garage as a business,” she explained.

Jan Lord, of Guidebridge MOT & Service Centre in Ashton, a member of nationwide independent garage scheme Trust My Garage has taught herself best business practices in order to make her garage an integral part of Northampton’s business community.

“I’ve basically taught myself how to run the business side of things, but there’s so much advice out there for people who find it daunting, whether working in the garage trade or running any other independent business,” she said.

“There are free seminars you can attend. All you’ve got to do is have a look on the Internet and you’ll find them. The thought of writing a business plan and pitching it to a bank is probably terrifying for most small business owners, but they don’t have to do it all by themselves because there are many support groups accessible to local businesses.”

Jan Lord took a step back from the day-to-day running of the family-run business to focus on marketing and promoting the name of Guidebridge

“I regularly attend business exhibitions locally and do my bit to support local businesses in our area. Even if only a few people see what message we’re trying to get across, that we do things differently, then I’ve succeeded.

“Independent garages have as much a role to play in the independent business community as other firms. We take a similar approach to management and offer the same personal service as many local businesses do to their nearby suppliers. Just as local businesses depend on each other to strive, independent garages can play an important role in this local business cycle and that is what we are celebrating on Small Business Saturday.”


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