Mark Tami MP pledges support for ‘Digital High Streets’ initiative

Mark Tami MP has signed up to the ‘Digital High Streets’ initiative, pledging his commitment to using technology to support high streets and small businesses across his constituency.

The initiative comes as small businesses across Alyn and Deeside are adapting to changing economic conditions. Up to 30,000 ATMs across the UK are slated for closure over the next five years, along with 948 bank branches closing or closed since the start of last year, meaning there’s less cash on high streets, as well as less access to banking services for small business owners.

After attending a ‘Digital High Streets’ education session at the Palace of Westminster, Mr Tami believes highstreets in Alyn and Deeside could reap the rewards of digitalisation. It included information on how small businesses can use technology to thrive such as accepting card payments from their customers, learning how using data can inform better business decisions, and digital skills training.

Mark Tami said: “Small businesses play an important role on our high streets and are at the heart of their local communities. I have made it a priority to regenerate Buckley and I think this is something that could really benefit Buckley high street and the shops off it.

“Local businesses need to be able to embrace technologies that can help them thrive. That starts with making sure all small businesses accept card payments so that they can accept any way that their customers want to pay.

“Holywell have already seen the benefits of the ‘Holywell Digital Town’ project, and I hope to achieve something similar here in Alyn and Deeside.”

Data from Square showed that 81% of shoppers say they’d be more likely to shop locally if they knew a business took card payments and 64% say they’d choose a card-only business over one that just accepted cash. That shows how crucial it is that independent retailers have the right tools to stay competitive and maximise sales.

 Square is the payments company that allows millions of small and medium sized businesses around the world to take credit and debit card payments quickly and easily. Founded by Jack Dorsey, Square launched in the UK last year and provides easy payment solutions to retailers of all sizes across the UK.