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Small Business Saturday is set to return this weekend as consumers are encouraged to ‘shop small’ and celebrate the contribution of entrepreneurs and small businesses.

I’ll be doing my bit to support the day by meeting with some local traders in Luton High Street, and discussing their thoughts on the challenges that businesses like theirs face in today's modern economy.

 

But I’d like to see our councils doing more and following the examples of Stockton where they have opened a new ‘enterprise arcade’ to provide a showcase for start-ups; or in Derby where they are hosting entrepreneur workshops and start up surgeries.

 

Small Business Saturday UK was initiated by Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna MP following the success of the concept in the USA.

 

Last year, Britain’s first ever Small Business Saturday was a huge success, with an additional £500m ringing through the tills of small firms while 40 per cent of local authorities took part.

 

As a party, Labour would cut – then freeze – business rates for small firms which have seen soaring bills under the Tory-led government. Since 2010, small businesses have seen business rate hikes of £1,500 on average. Labour would also take tough action to tackle late payment to small firms and freeze their energy bills.

 

Labour’s Business Secretary Chuka Umunna MP said:

 

“Building on the success of last year, Small Business Saturday 2014 will be even bigger and better, helping to provide a much-needed boost to our High Streets and making even more consumers aware of the fantastic products and services offered by small and independent businesses.

 

“And it’s not just about retail – the day is an opportunity to raise three cheers for the businesses which provide us with the essential services we need, and thank the unsung heroes who run Britain’s 5 million small firms.

 

“Small businesses have had an extremely tough few years, and have been hit by soaring business rates. That’s why the next Labour government will cut – then freeze – business rates to back Britain’s wealth creators.”

 

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Small Business Saturday returns ‘bigger and better’ as Labour backs Britain’s small firms

Small Business Saturday is set to return this weekend as consumers are encouraged to ‘shop small’ and celebrate the contribution of entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Remembrance Sunday gives the nation the chance to show its gratitude to our Armed Forces and recognise those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country. This year’s commemorations are particularly poignant because they mark the one hundredth anniversary of the start of the First World War, in 1914.

It was an incredible tribute to our servicemen and women and veterans, and their families, to see such high attendances at Remembrances Services in Chatham & Aylesford. It was an indication that as we reflect on the loss of that generation who went to war in 1914, we are also keenly aware of those who currently serve, most notably those who are returning home from Afghanistan.

 

At a time when so many millions gather together to thank the Armed Forces, it’s sad to think that those who fight for our country might need the protection of our laws, but some do. That’s why Labour is supporting a change to the law so that discrimination against the Armed Forces would be illegal and for the first time ever it would be a specific criminal offence to attack servicemen and women. Labour is also committed to enshrining the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant in the NHS Constitution, to ensure that those with physical or psychological injuries receive proper care and support. And we are also committed to introducing a Veterans Register, so that those leaving the Armed Forces can access health, housing and employment services to help them transition to civilian life.

 

Labour is a patriotic party that is proud of our Armed Forces and veterans and their families. We will honour the Armed Forces Covenant, and ensure that our servicemen and women are treated with dignity and respect. Their bravery and dedication deserves no less. 

Remembrance Day 2014

Remembrance Sunday gives the nation the chance to show its gratitude to our Armed Forces and recognise those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country. This...

Tris Osborne objects to South Eastern rail fare rises after record increases since 2010 and calls for a change to the franchise system.

Tris Osborne, Labour's Parliamentary Candidate

"As a regular commuter I am disgusted by the increase in fares given the Conservatives themselves campaigned to stop increases pre-2010. When a political party so abjectly fails to deal with the problem it is clear we need change

"I will not continue to support a broken franchise model and back the moves by Labour to introduce a not-for-profit model on our railways. I also agree with the removal of Flex which allows South Eastern to penalize my residents"

 

Mary Creagh MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, commenting on the rise in rail fares, said:

“David Cameron has failed to stand up for working people struggling with the cost-of-living crisis, allowing train companies to hit passengers with inflation-busting fare rises of over 20 per cent since 2010.

“Today, passengers have learned their fares will rise by up to 5.5 per cent next year, potentially costing them hundreds of pounds.

“We can’t go on like this. A Labour government will cap fares on every route and drive through the biggest reform of the railways since privatisation, delivering a better deal for passengers and taxpayers.”

 

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Rail Fares sting must stop

Tris Osborne objects to South Eastern rail fare rises after record increases since 2010 and calls for a change to the franchise system.

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