Local Conservative MEP, Anthea McIntyre, was out and about in Ross-on-Wye last Saturday 6thDecember with Cllr Richard Mayo, to celebrate, support and promote small businesses in the Herefordshire town. This was part of “Small Business Saturday” held on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

Miss McIntyre, the Conservative Spokesman for Employment and Social Affairs as well as an active Member of the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee, said:

"I very much support and rely on shopping locally and we are fortunate that Ross has so much to offer. The town has a wonderful collection of shops offering a wide range of goods and a high quality of service. I hope everyone will think about using local shops and businesses in the run-up to Christmas and beyond in the New Year.

"It is really important to support small businesses - they are the backbone of the British economy and help provide a high proportion of new jobs. If we don’t use them we will lose them along with our High Streets too.

"I was pleased to see the Chancellor’s recent Autumn Statement contained particular help for small businesses, including extending the doubling of Small Business Rate Relief for a further year from April 2015. This means 385,000 small businesses will pay no rates at all. Last year, to help our high street shops, pubs and cafes, the Chancellor introduced a new £1,000 discount on their rates. To coincide with Small Business Saturday this last weekend, he announced he will be increasing that help for the high street by 50% to £1,500 next year. This is all good news for our local small businesses." 

Photo shows (Left to right):

Anthea McIntyre MEP, Jane Thomas from The Studio Gallery, Andrew Rossiter from Rossiter Books, Cllr Richard Mayo from Truffles and finally David Bruce from Pots & Pieces.