During this Budget run-up, many of those I met raised business rates as a killer, plus council tax, the apprenticeship levy, parking charges and corporation tax, too.
It has virtually zero business rates for small firms. The planning system is less skewed towards shopping centres and retail parks.
We haven’t had it easy, but we are resilient and resourceful. Our appetite for change is bad news for the party that took us for granted.
Scrap HS2. Integrate social care. Abolish NI. Reverse police cuts. Consider a new Bill of Rights. And much, much more.
His TUC account of the harm that some businesses can do should be balanced by one of the good that more do – and by projecting a personal theology of wealth creation.
Ultimately, the only way properly to determine the extent of both this and wider problems is through a full public inquiry.
Penny Mordaunt, Liz Truss, Dan Hannan, Liam Halligan, Steve Baker, Tom Tugendhat & others will speak. And there’s a special discount for ConHome readers.
Our new Export Strategy, which I am launching today, will put in place the tools that businesses have told us they need to help them on their journey.
To revive our high streets councils have a role in making sure empty space is put back into use.
Prioritising large over small, or current businesses over future businesses, would hurt workers, consumers, taxpayers, investors and the nation.
There is also a lesson for councillors – to challenge their officials in making lazy choices when bids are put in for contracts.
In Wandsworth we are working with employers and further education colleges – and providing the infrastructure needed for economic growth.
Even in lefty France, socialist policies are now being dumped by Emmanuel Macron in favour of free markets. Now is the time to develop our next round of big ideas.
The proportion of homes built by small firms has plummeted. But smaller builders, based locally, are more likely to develop schemes that complement the local area.
The Treasury should be saved from itself by bringing the Party Chairman in to scrutinise the Autumn Budget before it is finalised.