Fylde MP Mark Menzies visits Lytham businesses

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FYLDE MP Mark Menzies visited traders in Lytham on a busy Small Business Saturday this weekend.

The 2nd annual event, aimed at encouraging people to shop in local stores, has been widely supported by consumers in the UK and Mr Menzies popped in to the town after visiting shops in St Annes last year.

Mr Menzies went to a number of shops on Lytham high street, including Room, Charles Stuart Menswear and Number 4 The Salon.

He spoke to staff and customers about the importance of local traders and the recent Autumn Statement which saw business rate relief for high street stores raised from £1,000 a year to £1,500.

Mr Menzies said: “We are very lucky in Fylde as we have a number of towns which have vibrant high streets which are usually full of shoppers when Saturday comes.

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“But to maintain that it is important we all support our local stores and use them as much as we can.

“The Government is supporting shops by increasing rate relief from £1,000 to £1,500, I am doing as much of my shopping as possible in local stores and it was a pleasure this weekend to see so many people out and about doing the same.

“I come from a retail background and know first-hand the pressure local traders are under from the bigger chain stores and latterly the internet.

“What I always say about small local stores is use them or lose them and I could not bear it if our high streets were full of boarded-up shop fronts and empty pavements.

“I will continue to lobby the Government to support small businesses and I hope people will continue to support them with their custom throughout the year.”

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Last week’s Autumn Statement saw the Chancellor announce a series of measures on business rates to allow companies to grow and create jobs in our communities.

He extended the doubling of Small Business Rate Relief for a further year from April 2015 which means 385,000 small businesses will pay no rates at all.

The £1,000 discount for shops and cafes on the high street will increase to £1,500 and benefit around 300,000 premises.

The Chancellor also said he would continue to cap increases in business rates at two per cent, rather than with inflation as expected. There will also be a full review of the structure of business rates to report before Budget 2016.

 

Picture 1: Mark Menzies MP with staff at Number 4 The Salon

Picture 2: Mark Menzies MP with staff at Room, Lytham

Picture 3: Mark Menzies MP with Stuart Hurst from Charles Stuart Menswear

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