Revive and Thrive: A Campaign to Save Our Hospitality and High Streets

In the heart of our communities lie the hospitality sector and the high street – what used to be vibrant hubs of activity, culture, and local commerce. However, they have faced unprecedented challenges. It’s time for a resurgence, a campaign that breathes new life into these businesses within our villages,  towns and rural areas. 

Reviving Hospitality: A Return to Supportive VAT Rates

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the hospitality industry saw a glimmer of hope with reduced VAT rates, providing much-needed relief. As part of my campaign, I will advocate for the return of these supportive VAT rates for hospitality businesses. This measure will ease financial pressures, enabling pubs, hotels, and restaurants to recover, sustain jobs, and contribute to the economy. The closing of our local establishments should have been addressed long ago.  They are community hubs, provide jobs to local people and the businesses often support whole families. The VAT relief I am proposing, will give relief to establishment owners but also to those who lease their property’s from ever increasing brewery costs. 

Relief for the High Street: Lower Business Rates

The high street is more than a shopping destination; it’s a community staple. To protect this heritage, I propose a reduction in business rates for high street shops. This relief will level the playing field, making it more feasible for local retailers to compete with online giants and out-of-town shopping centres.

Empowering Entrepreneurs: Local Government Support and Advice

Entrepreneurship is the lifeblood of innovation and economic growth. I want to work with local governments to offer advice and assistance in setting up new businesses, with a focus on nurturing young entrepreneurs. By providing resources and guidance, we aim to unlock the potential of the next generation of business leaders and shop owners that will revitalise our high streets.

Toning Down High Street Signage

Our shop fronts should reflect the character and charm of our area. I seek to tone down the often outlandish and inconsistent shop frontage displays. Shop signs should be harmonious, with neutral colours that blend into the surroundings. I propose town shop maps be installed. With the help of web services, local knowledge, or maps. Shops are easily found without the need for out of character colours and large advertising.


Supporting All Local Businesses

Every local business, from the corner café to the independent boutique, deserves the chance to succeed. I believe that by fostering a supportive environment, these businesses will not only survive but thrive. Successful local businesses stimulate revenue, creating a virtuous cycle of growth and prosperity for the community.