5 December 2020
This Small Business Saturday, Exeter Green Party is calling on the government to introduce a five-point plan to support small businesses , many of which have suffered heavy losses during the coronavirus pandemic .
Green Party candidate for St David’s, Amy Sparling, who has worked in the hospitality sector and helped to build supportive communities as manager of a local business centre, said:
“Exeter has a wealth of small businesses and entrepreneurs that make a huge contribution to the local economy and provide thousands of jobs. But we know that this year many small businesses have been left struggling, with some fighting for survival as a result of the pandemic.
“Across the UK, small and medium sized enterprises account for almost two thirds of employment and around half the turnover of the private sector. It is vital the government steps up its support for these businesses which so many local people rely on.
“Small businesses help keep money and wealth at home in the local economy instead of it being taken out by multinationals. As big names close their doors or move out of our High Street, it is clear that small businesses can play a vital role in reshaping our shopping streets, centres and communities. They are key to building back better after the pandemic.
“This is why our five-point plan is so important. It can help ensure small businesses are able to survive, thrive and continue contributing to our community.”
 The Green Party's five-point plan to help small businesses survive and thrive in the months ahead:
 Research released in September by insurer Simply Business found that coronavirus could have cost small businesses in the UK up to £69bn. The survey found coronavirus had cost the average small company £11,799, with 25% of firms believing they were at risk of closing.
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