Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy.
That’s clear to see in Faversham where shops, traders, and pubs are the beating heart of the town.
Last week I hosted the first in a series of roundtable meetings with small businesses in Faversham to hear from businesses first-hand about their concerns and what I can do to help.
The meeting follows on from my visits on Small Business Saturday at the end of last year in which a number of local shops and traders expressed an interest in being part of a roundtable forum.
It was clear from the discussion that we need to encourage people back into Faversham again, including fixing problems with parking and promoting our town as a destination for visitors.
I know many businesses are struggling with costs which is why we’re cutting business rates and increasing the Employment Allowance.
I plan to host these meetings quarterly from now on. If you’re a small business and would like to take part then please get in contact with me at email@example.com
These are challenging times, but Faversham has so much going for it. I’m determined to help local businesses, and our town, achieve their potential.