Chris Armstrong, from Autocare in Stone, has launched a National online petition calling for equity in businesses.
“High streets in small towns in Britain are in decline. This is seen in the unoccupied premises and in the plethora of charity shops. While charity is important so is the diversity of the high street. Online business is also impacting on the high street.
In many towns high rent and rates have sent many small businesses to the wall to be replaced by charity shops contributing little to the local economy getting free stock, using volunteer workers, getting breaks on rates etc.
Coupled with the growth in online sales this means that it is harder for small businesses to compete.
Giving new business the same breaks given to charity shops and ensuring online and retail business are treated the same way in terms of tax etc. would help small business.
The petition I started a week or so ago has achieved the number of supporters it needed and has been scrutinised. It is now live and needs signatures.
If you could spare the time to sign the petition I would be grateful. Just follow the link and then look for the confirmation e-mail and click on the link to complete the process. Once you have done this if you could send to your contacts and/or share on social media that would be brilliant.”
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At 10,000 signatures…
At 10,000 signatures, government will respond to this petition
At 100,000 signatures…
At 100,000 signatures, this petition will be considered for debate in Parliament
Deadline 13 September 2017 – All petitions run for 6 months