Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Labour MP, Tom Blenkinsop, has today (27th November 2013) launched a small business survey ahead of an Opposition Day Debate concerning business rates*.
“Small businesses are the driving force of our local economy and an integral part of our community but they are facing a cost of doing business crisis. Because of inflation, the average business rates bill in North East will increase by around £360 – in Redcar and Cleveland that will be £480 and in Middlesbrough by £330. This increase comes on top of an average increase of £1,500 in business rates since the General Election in 2010. It is the Government that sets these business rates that so many are struggling with.
“At a time when the Government should be backing small business, once again they appear to be on the wrong side. A Labour Government would cut business rates for small and medium-sized businesses in 2015 and freeze them in 2016, leading to an average saving of nearly £450. Small businesses are also facing rising energy costs and Labour’s Energy Price Freeze would save businesses on average £1,800.
“I support small businesses in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland and value the contribution they make to the character of our area. I am looking forward to ‘Small Business Saturday’ on 7th December when we will be celebrating and supporting local, small businesses on one of the busiest shopping days of the year but for the rest of the year many of these businesses will be struggling. That’s why I’d like to find out directly what support small businesses in our area think they might need. This survey will give me a clearer idea of what needs to be done and I look forward to hearing the response.”
The survey can be filled in online at tomblenkinsop.com/small-business-survey or a hard copy can be requested by calling 01287 610878
* Debate did not take place due to volume of preceding business: https://twitter.com/HouseofCommons/status/405680733793955840