Fylde MP Mark Menzies meets business owners

Mark Menzies MP with No 4 The Salon owner Debbie Wilkinson

Fylde MP Mark Menzies met with Small business owners to mark Small Business Saturday.
He said: “Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and it is important we hear their voices.
“So this year I visited a number of shops and services in Lytham to mark the event.
“It was good to hear ideas that could help our independent retailers, as well as our high streets in general.”
Julie Moores, owner of the Hidden Jem in Lytham, and the Lily the Pink stores in Lytham and St Annes, met Mr Menzies.
She suggested dropping VAT on the first £1 million of all businesses to ten per cent – bringing more businesses into VAT, but reducing the amount paid for thousands of firms.Julie Moores from The Hidden Jem and Lilly the Pink with Mark Menzies MP

Julie Moores from The Hidden Jem and Lilly the Pink with Mark Menzies MP

She said: “It’s simple, would make it easy for accounts and accountants, and would help the Government collect more money.
“We have just opened a new shop in St Annes and we’ve had an amazing reaction. People have been saying the shop is exactly what the town has been crying out for. We may consider opening a Little Jem there as well.”
Mr Menzies also met with Alison Plackitt from Plackitt and Booth Booksellers.
Ms Plackitt said: “We visited a town in Somerset recently and there were no parking charges at all and that is key to helping the high street.
Mark Menzies MP with Alison Plackitt from independent bookseller Plackitt and Booth

Mark Menzies MP with Alison Plackitt from independent bookseller Plackitt and Booth

“These big out-of-town developments have loads of parking with no restrictions – why can’t we?
“People don’t want to race around in a small amount of time. I have literally had people put a pile of books down and walk out because they are worried about getting a ticket.
“And we all know they do good, but I would like to see legislation governing how many charity shops you can have in a row.”
Mr Menzies said: “I have asked ministers to consider making charity shops a different classification, to put the change from a retail unit to a charity shop before planners.
“Everyone agrees charity shops do good, but there are worries about the proliferation of them in our town centres.
“Last year I invited the head of the Charity Retail Association to the area to see for himself the effect charity shops can have on high streets.”
Mr Menzies also visited Debbie Wilkinson at Number 4 The Salon who wanted to see more free parking.
He then visited The Truth Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy in Pleasant Street.Mark Menzies MP with Charlotte Growocott of The Truth Hair and Beauty Therapy

Mark Menzies MP with Charlotte Growcott of The Truth Hair and Beauty Therapy

Charlotte Growcott told him about the business expanding over another two floors of the building.
Mr Menzies said: “I was impressed to hear this salon has visitors coming from the likes of Blackburn and Manchester, bringing people into the town centre and spending their money here. The decision to expand into the room upstairs means what was once a bar has been turned into a hair colour bar.
“It is great to see small business owners investing in our towns and the Government will do all it can to support them.”

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