Craig Mackinlay MP has held a summit for small businesses in support of Small Business Saturday – an annual celebration of local business success.
The event – which was sponsored by Kemps Chartered Accountants, Terence Painter Estate Agents and Thanet & East Kent Chamber Ltd - took place on Saturday, 1 December at The Pavilion on Harbour Street, Broadstairs.
Craig co-hosted the event with the Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General, The Rt Hon Mel Stride MP, who spoke to the tens of small business owners present.
As the Minister with responsibility for corporate and small business taxation, and also HM Revenue & Customs and the Valuation Office Agency, Mr Stride briefed attendees on the Government’s tax policies with a focus on Business Rate reductions before taking business and tax-related questions from the floor.
Craig Mackinlay MP commented:
“From high-tech manufacturing firms to bakers, retailers, restaurants and social enterprises, Thanet is home to a record number 3,110 small businesses that are vital to our local economy, employing thousands of people.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, responsible for nearly half of economic output and 60 per cent of private sector employment, employing 16 million people in the UK.
“They deserve our respect all year round.
“That’s why it was great to welcome the Financial Secretary, The Rt Hon Mel Stride MP, to Broadstairs Pavilion on Small Business Saturday for a discussion and open Q&A with local businessmen and women.
“Thank you to Kemps Chartered Accountants, Terence Painter Estate Agents and the Thanet & East Kent Chamber Ltd for sponsoring the event and for ensuring a productive day was had by all.
Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General, The Rt Hon Mel Stride MP, added:
“It was a pleasure to meet businesses operating across the spectrum from Craig’s constituency and to hear of the great optimism for their local economy.
“Craig and I speak regularly on taxation and economic issues and he has real influence within the Treasury.”