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York Lib Dem Candidate Calls for More Help for Small Businesses

Nick Emmerson and Tim Farron 150513

1:41pm 15th May 2013

Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for York Outer Nick Emmerson has today called on government ministers to give small businesses the same support and relief that charity shops currently receive.

Nick thinks that this support could help small, independent stores thrive and help protect our high streets. He is working closely with Lib Dem President, Tim Farron MP, to lobby government ministers. Nick and Tim recently visited Shipton Road Stores, a small business in York, to hear about the problems small businesses face. Nick believes giving small businesses the same relief as charity shops will help to alleviate some of these problems.

Currently, charity shops receive 80 per cent mandatory non-domestic business rates relief, funded by central government - if the charity shop sells 'wholly or mainly' donated goods, the proceeds are applied for charitable purpose and the occupier of the premises is a charity (not a trading subsidiary).

Lib Dem candidate for York Outer, Nick Emmerson said: "I know from speaking to local businesses that business rates are often the biggest cost they face. If we can support small businesses in the same way we help charity shops, we can really help these independent traders thrive. This scheme would pay for itself in a matter of months. It would create jobs, investment and boost our high streets. Part of the attraction of York is the diverse range of local businesses and stores and we need to be doing everything we can to help protect that.”

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