It was a pleasure meeting Padiham traders and shopper this morning to mark Small Business Saturday. Padiham has a well deserved reputation for the quality and individuality of its shops and cafes. We began in Padiham's newest café Mooch and... then moved on to see first hand all that Padiham has to offer. We visited some excellent businesses including : Beverly Richard's Florist (beautiful flowers - very handy for hospital visiting), Cartwell's Fruit and Veg, Picture House, Crofters Corner and many more. I was especially impressed by The Hardware Store where a wide range of products along with free expert advice in the traditional style are in big supply and I got to meet a local inventor namely - Kevin Howarth. Labour is the Party of small businesses and as a former small business owner myself I am committed to giving them all a strong voice. We finished with a delicious lunch in the Fat Giraffe.