In Hitchin, Harpenden and surrounding villages, we are lucky to have so many fantastic local businesses, which we must continue to support. In the last Parliament, I lobbied the Government to reduce business rates for small businesses.
I have continued to work with our businesses, councillors and community figures to promote our local economy.
Supporting small businesses through the Coronavirus pandemic
At the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic I was contacted by constituents with businesses in a whole range of industries who have not thus far been covered by many of the government’s extensive financial support packages.
I developed a way in which local authorities could meet this gap, to help out local businesses who had fallen between the cracks of the government’s schemes of support. I worked very hard with Government ministers and the Chancellor’s team to make this a reality. This new measure allows councils to provide grants of up to £10,000 or £25,000 to support additional local businesses.