It was shear delight at a the barbers as they got to grips with their customers’ long locks after another month of lockdown and celebrated this year’s Small Business Saturday.

Scissors at the ready, barber Mario Marotta welcomed Metro Mayor hopeful Dan Norris for a hair cut.

Now in its eighth year, Small business Saturday is a grass-roots campaign that encourages people to shop locally and support small businesses in the local community. Last year it was the biggest celebration of small businesses in the UK and gave a boost to local shops through extra trade of nearly £800m.

There are 33,155 businesses employing under ten staff across the West of England.

This year it is more important than ever to support local businesses that have had a tough time due to the pandemic.

Labour Metro Mayor candidate Dan Norris, who has pledged to be a “jobs first” mayor said: “It is so important that we support our small and independent businesses. They have had a really tough time and we need to make sure that they can get through this economic crisis, because it is that mix of independent and quirky shops and cafes that makes our high streets special. Mario has been cutting my hair for 30 years now! So please get your hair cut, pop into a cafe, and support your local shops as you do your Christmas shopping all socially distanced of course.”

Mario’s will be opening up every Sunday throughout December.

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