20 April 2021
The Green Party has called on the government to provide more financial support for independent businesses by reversing its decision to stop Covid- related business rate appeals and extend the business rate holiday and current tourism VAT cut through 2021.
Green Party Councillor Martin Osborne said:
“Many of these small businesses which are often family-run were struggling from online retailers before the pandemic began and for a year they have been pushed to the brink of closure. The long-term financial effects of having no business for such a prolonged period of time is a terrifying prospect.
“Our five point plan, which includes an extension to the business rate holiday and larger monthly grants, offers independent high-street businesses a route out of the hardship of the last 12 months, something the government continually fails to provide. The Green Party wants independent businesses to be at the heart of a Green recovery- we would facilitate this by lending at affordable rates and establishing a network of regional mutual banks, which would provide funding for locally-led economic initiatives and opportunities.”
In Shepshed, County Council candidate John Hounsome is in agreement. His love for Shepshed is what is driving his bid for a seat on the council, and local businesses are at the heart of any good village.
Check out our list of green businesses in Loughborough and North West Leicestershire, and if you have any more to add please get in touch.