Local MP was quizzed by the Liskeard branch of the Federation of Small Business during a meeting on Wednesday at the Eliot House Hotel.
The business people were keen to hear about government policies designed to help small business. Sheryll explained, “In Government, Labour hit small businesses with higher taxes, more red tape and an economic crisis that made it harder for them to access credit. In contrast the Conservatives have been doing what they can to help small businesses and there are now 300,000 more small businesses than in 2010. We have set up a £112 million scheme to help fund young entrepreneurs between the ages of 18-30, our Funding for Lending programme is giving banks a clear incentive to lend more money to businesses and we have set up a British business bank with nearly £4 billion of resources. Our new Employment Allowance will cut the jobs tax of every business by £2,000 from 2014. For every new regulation, we are scrapping two. From October 2010 to April 2014 small business rate relief has been doubled. I will continue to work with the government to improve the situation for small business.”
One issue that was raised was transport links and in particular the A38. The group were keen to see more dualing and greater signage. The group were keen to see brown tourist signs for Liskeard and were pleased to hear about Sheryll’s work to get signage at the foot of the M5 changed to read that the A38 heads to South East Cornwall.
Following the meeting Sheryll said, “I always find these meetings useful because I have the opportunity to listen to their concerns and requirements which I can then pass on to the Government. I also get the opportunity to find out how they feel about things the Conservative lead Government have already introduced to help small business.”
Contact: Sheryll Murray MP 01579 344428
Pictured: Sheryll with Liskeard FSB