The government’s shadow minister for small business visited Morecambe last week to talk about plans to cut business rates.
Labour MP Toby Perkins met with David Brayshaw, MD of Aqua Engineering in White Lund Road, for a tour of his premises and to talk about the concerns of small businesses.
Mr Brayshaw employs 14 members of staff, including apprentices, in his business which specialises in water treatment facilities across the country.
He said: “Business rates is a big one.
“It’s a huge proportion of income, often as much as rent.
“It would be nice to see a government that considers the impact of business rates on small businesses.
“Anything that brings overheads down will have an effect on profit and plans for development.
“Since we took over we’ve employed eight more people and we’re at the point where we’d like to expand further.
“We’d like to see a freeze in business rates, and we’d like to see pressure on the government to make it a fairer system.”
Mr Perkins, who was accompanied by Amina Lone, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Morecambe and Lunesdale, said that Labour’s pledge would be to cut rates for small businesses by scrapping the coalition’s planned cut in corporation tax from 21 per cent to 20 per cent.
He said: “It seems to be a take take situation where government isn’t taking into account businesses like this.
“Ninety per cent of people go from unemployed to working in a small business.
“Small businesses are great in terms of employment and fundamental to our recovery.
“We will pledge to bring down business rates and then freeze them in 2016 by scrapping the coalition’s planned cut in corporation tax.”
The visit comes on the back of Labour’s plans to devolve £30bn worth of funding and ensure that county regions would get control of business rates revenue, meaning that any extra money raised would stay in the locality.