Milton Keynes MP: ‘I will do all I can to back our High Streets’

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Following Small Business Saturday that took place last weekend, city MP Iain Stewart has vowed to back Milton Keynes’ high streets.

The Milton Keynes South MP was out and about on Stony Stratord’s High St judging the Shop Front Decoration Competition.

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Like Small Business Saturday, the competition ran by the Stony Stratford Business Association, is designed to attract more people to shop at the town’s independent retailers.

After his tour of Stony Stratford finest shops Mr Stewart said: “Whether I am in Stony Stratford, Bletchley or Woburn Sands the high streets in my constituency are always great places to be.

“Some are doing better than others and that is why I always want to know what more I can do to support the independent retailers that make a high street so unique.”

He added: “I am confident that this Government has done what it can to support our high streets, of course I want to see more done particularly on business rates and I welcome the review announced by the Chancellor last week.

“I promise that I will continue to back our fantastic high streets and ensure Government gives them the best possible opportunity for success.”

Last week’s Autumn Statement saw several measures aimed at supporting independent retailers such as:

The £1,000 business rates discount for shops, pubs and cafes with a rateable value of £50,000 or below will increase to £1,500.

A full review of the structure of business rates to report before Budget 2016.

An extension of the Funding for Lending scheme by a year and focus it entirely on smaller businesses.

Employer National Insurance contributions on apprentices under the age of 25 is to be abolished.

If you want to find out more about Small Business Saturday visit www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com