Support your local start-up

In the Daily Post yesterday, the Federation of Small Businesses comes out in favour of greater support for start-ups across the region.

I hate to say again, but the first place the Assembly Government could start is with business rates, as I pointed out in the Eisteddfod field earlier this week.

Yes, I am going to continue to write and campaign on this matter as it is too important for politicians to ignore.

As usual, the Assembly went on to talk about Flexible Business Support Programme which is not focused on the needs of the many but on the needs of the few. Most importantly, it is small shops who are being hit hardest across Wales and the retail sector is largely ignored in any Welsh business support programme.

If anyone has any doubts as to how the credit crunch is hitting the small retail trade, go to any high street in Wales. Many are holding on by the skin of their teeth and in the tourist resorts will be facing a long hard winter.

So rather than coming out with the usual rehearsed lines, perhaps the Assembly Government should go and visit some of these businesses and ask them what support they need to keep them going, something they have failed to do with any business support programme they have initiated during the last nine years.

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