Luke Pollard MP Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport
5.9 million small businesses across our country have stepped up during the Covid crisis. After this past Small Business Saturday, we’ve got to continue standing by them and stand up for them to ensure they get the support they need to survive.
From manufacturing life-saving PPE and ventilators, offering free meals for children during half term, to doing everything they can to protect customers and employees – small businesses have supported the effort to tackle the virus, keep local communities safe, and ensure no child goes to bed hungry.
Shops, pubs and restaurants, manufacturers, hotels and hairdressers, beauty salons and suppliers, breweries and bakeries, and many more small businesses of all kinds are the beating heart of communities across the country and they’ve adapted brilliantly in tough circumstances.
“Small businesses are the real cornerstone of our community in Plymouth, and it is our job to make sure that they are both protected especially after all they’ve done for us and been through this year.”
“The government needs to step in and help them after they’ve helped us and our communities through so much this year.”
Ed Miliband MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, said:
“Small businesses are the beating heart of towns and cities across the country – shops, pubs, manufacturers, salons, suppliers and all those that make up the vibrant fabric of our communities.
“Small businesses have stepped up during this crisis, whether helping to manufacture PPE and ventilators, offering free meals for children during half term, or changing how they work to keep people safe.
“But they’re facing a cash crisis and being let down by shrinking government grants which simply won’t cover their rents and overheads. Unless Ministers change course we’ll see hardworking businesses go bust and high streets crumbling before winter is through