I have worked in a small Preston-based business for many years and know that, despite the best efforts of this Conservative-led government, they are still burdened with too much tax and red tape. I have been visiting small businesses throughout the area, speaking to the owners about how they have found setting up their own enterprise and what the government can do to help them be more successful and create even more jobs.
What I have seen and heard from local business owners is that the government has been doing a lot in terms of cutting red tape and taxes, but that more can be done. Small businesses are the lifeline of our economy and they have been helping to make South Ribble the best place in the North West for creating jobs; with more jobs created in our area in the past 8 years than in Manchester and Liverpool put together.
I have also carried out a small business survey in South Ribble to find out what local businesses in Leyland, Penwortham, Longton and the villages really want. You can take part by filling in the survey below.