Jenny Willott MP and Eluned Parrott AM visit businesses in Roath for Small Business Saturday

December 5, 2014 5:42 PM

Home Zone

Jenny Willott, Lib Dem MP for Cardiff Central, and Eluned Parrott, AM for South Wales Central, today visited several businesses along Wellfield Road in Roath to mark Small Business Saturday.

They spoke to businesses including Central Pharmacy, Jonathan David, Home Zone, The Coffi House and Errol Willy. Topics such as VAT, business rates, parking and the economic recovery came up during the visits.

Jenny Willott MP said,

"It's great to get out and talk to local people to find out what issues affect small and medium sized independent businesses in Cardiff, specifically in the area of Wellfield Road. Parking is a major issue and, after having spoken to some of the local business owners, I'm going to talk to Cardiff Council about how we might resolve the problem in a way that keeps businesses and local residents happy.

"Having been a Business Minister in Westminster, I appreciate how important small businesses are to the local economy, in terms of providing services and jobs. It was fantastic to meet some of the brilliant people who give Wellfield Road its distinct sense of character and personality."

Eluned Parrott AM added,

"As Shadow Economy and Business Minister at the Assembly, I found today's trip both informative and fascinating. In Cardiff Central we are lucky to have so many independent shops and cafes on places like Wellfield Road. I enjoyed discussing issues both local and national and will be taking some forward in conjunction with Jenny. I was particularly interested to discuss issues around business rates since it was announced in the Autumn Statement that they are to be devolved to the Assembly, and I'm hoping that something can be done to make business rates fairer for small and medium sized local businesses.

"Both Jenny and I hope that all independent local retailers have a great festive season and encourage everyone to support them not just on Small Business Saturday, tomorrow, but all the way through to Christmas and beyond."

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