This weekend Anneliese joined Clair Hawkins, Labour's parliamentary candidate for Dover and Deal, to promote Small Businesses Saturday.
Small Business Saturday was a huge success in 2013, with small businesses gaining nearly £500 million more in trade. Anneliese and Clair visited a number of small businesses in the Charlton Centre in Dover, and met business owners to talk about how their businesses can be better supported.
Small and medium sized businesses contribute an enormous amount to our economy, but many have struggled to compete with large multinationals, some of which are able to avoid tax by channelling their profits through countries like Luxembourg with incredibly low rates of tax. To support small businesses, Labour has announced plans to cut -- then freeze -- business rates for small firms. Since 2010, small businesses have seen business rate hikes of £1,500 on average. A Labour government would also take tough action to tackle late payment to small firms and freeze their energy bills.
Anneliese said: "I was really pleased to be in Dover this weekend to support Small Business Saturday. Small businesses not only make an important contribution to the local economy but also make high streets across the South East more diverse, and provide greater choice for local residents. We need to make sure that people are aware of the fantastic services that small businesses provide, and celebrate the hard work of our local traders."