05 DEC 2013
14,000 business properties in Wiltshire will benefit from a comprehensive package to help the high street and support businesses announced at the Autumn Statement today. The package includes a business rate discount of up to £1,000 for retail premises, including shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants, and relief for new businesses setting up in empty premises.
Claire Perry MP has welcomed the news as providing real help for jobs and growth in the Devizes Constituency and helps keep town and village High streets vibrant. Click here for the full story...
04 DEC 2013
As the year draws to a close I find myself reflecting on changes locally and nationally. One big development is the reinforcement of Wiltshire's position as the garrison county of Britain with Army changes that will see more activity, more investment and more service personnel living and working locally. All this change could be disruptive if not planned but luckily Wiltshire Council, the MOD, health services, schools and local town and parish councillors are working together to ensure the investment is spent wisely and we are ready for the changes. Click here for the full story...
03 DEC 2013
Claire Perry MP is supporting Small Business Saturday on Saturday 7th December. This is a grassroots campaign that encourages people to shop in local, small, independent businesses and use local services instead of national brands.
Commenting, Claire said:
"Big national chains do bring jobs to our communities but for every £1 spent in a big store, only 43p stays in the area whereas if we support a local business, 68p stays local. Local businesses also provide us with a big choice and bring vibrancy to our high streets. That is why I am making a big effort this Saturday and in the run up to Christmas to support as many local businesses as I can!"
27 NOV 2013
This week's column is all about mathematics. If you are like me, that word will make your pulse elevate slightly, not in excitement but because for years I felt I couldn't "do" maths. Despite the best efforts of the teachers at Grove County Junior School in Somerset I struggled with long division, wrestled with fractions and gave up all together on algebra and it was only through painful effort during my Masters degree course in America that I finally overcame my demons and became confident with numeracy – although I always have a calculator in my handbag, just in case. Click here for the full story...