Lib Dems Call for More Support for Small Business and the Cultural Industries

Liberal Democrat Mayoral candidate Dr Kay Barnard has outlined plans to help businesses, apprentices and Bristol’s cultural attractions.

The Liberal Democrats have launched a ‘Six to Fix’ mini-manifesto to highlight their priorities for the next four years. The sixth priority, entitled ‘helping business and securing our city’s future’, includes commitments to:

  • Bid to be the European Capital of Culture 2023.
  • Provide funding support for local small and medium sized businesses to take on local apprentices.
  • Seek powers under the Localism Act to introduce a £1-a-night levy on hotel rooms, charged to holiday-makers.

Lib Dem Mayoral candidate, Dr Kay Barnard, said:

“Over the last few years the Lib Dems have proven time and time again that we are the party that invests in businesses, apprentices and our city’s cultural landmarks. When we ran the City Council we created over 150 council apprenticeships for young people and promoted schemes to create 2,000 new apprenticeships across the city. We have also fought the Mayor over his lack of action over the Colston Hall’s desperate need for additional funding, building on our previous successful investment in the Hall’s Foyer and outward face-lift.

“There is of course much more that can be done to support local businesses takes on more local apprentices and take the strong steps necessary to keep Bristol’s businesses alive. Some of the proceeds from the hotel levy would go towards funding such an initiative, as well as to help fund festivals, museums and shopping areas in the city.

“I will be the Mayor for all of Bristol. Only the Liberal Democrats have a plan in place to help sustain and create more local Bristol jobs, economic growth and civic well-being across the cultural, creative and tourism industries.”

Miles Taylor, a Lib Dem local election candidate standing in Cotham ward, added:

“The Local Lib Dems are proud of the small local businesses that keep Bristol’s economy going, such as the many cherished independents along Chandos Road, Whiteladies Road and Gloucester Road to name but a few examples. We believe that more can be done to encourage investment and spending in the city than is achieved through the ‘Make Sundays Special’ events.”

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