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FSBmembers join the fight

CAMPAIGNERS from local businesses were out in force to support Berkswell Post Office staff in their fight against the branches' proposed closure.

CAMPAIGNERS from local businesses were out in force to support Berkswell Post Office staff in their fight against the branches' proposed closure.

Members of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) were joined by a group of protesting villagers and Conservative MP Caroline Spelman last Thursday in Berkswell.

The small village's branch is among three other Post Offices in the region - Olton Hollow, Catherine de Barnes and Hasluck Green in Shirley - which could be axed by the Post Office Ltd.

The FSB is strongly against the closure of small businesses and shops, claiming they are the "glue that binds our local communities together."

Ian O'Donnell, from the FSB Solihull Branch said: "The FSB believes that there is a link between the nationwide fate of the post offices and small shops. "Couple this with the rolling programme of Bank branch closures and the demise of local pubs and there is developing concern for the ongoing sustainability of our communities, especially in the rural areas like Berkswell.

"Small businesses are not just a part of the local community, they are the local community," he added.

As well as Post Offices, declining numbers of small independent businesses, such as pubs, pharmacies and retailers, concern the FSB who are running a campaign called Keep Trade Local.

The group seek to stem the rising tide of business closures and develop local trade, particularly in villages and towns.

Thousand of residents have put pen to paper in support of the borough's Post Offices, through petitions delivered to Downing Street last week.

The six-week public consultation period ends on August 4, with a final decision expected to be made in late August or early September.

 

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