Freeze the Government's Business Rates Rise!

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Ian Dawkins
4 years ago
As a small business owner the massive increase in rates is quite simply unaffordable.

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Bruce Fisher
4 years ago
My rateable value has increased by 4 times

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Lindy Sharpe
4 years ago
A lot of the independent Businesses I know risk being put out of business by unreasonable rate rises. It is especially frustrating when the premises are subsequently turned into houses or flats -- dormitories full of people with no local traders.

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Linda Mahalski
4 years ago
I am signing because I live in a town with a lot of small independent shops who will be forced to close with these large increases. My town will become a ghost town with empty shops or charity shops. This will stop the many tourists who enjoy the town from coming after the character of it is destroyed

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Lesley Hill
4 years ago
London should value its independent stores. The small businesses near me are a massive part of what gives the area it's vibrancy and appeal - and somewhere to enjoy living. Many of them are new startups - and I have lived in the area when it was considerably more derilict and it benefitted no-one.

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Jantine Velzeboer
4 years ago
Save independants!!!

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Liz Lewis
4 years ago
Among other things, small businesses contribute to the community in terms of employment and also originality and diversity in the type of business and their presence on the high street. The upcoming rate increase is just far too high and could force a lot of businesses to shut. The high street will loose it's vibrance and become a sad place. surely there can be a compromise?

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moh ali
4 years ago
My businesses had been affected due to red route and station closure.

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Dora Van Niekerk
4 years ago
I am signing because I own a small shop in Islington High Street facing 95% rent increase this year from the greedy landlord and his surveyor adviser. Also 40% increase in business rate. Having grown up believing working hard for yourself is the only way to be. This has completely changed my perspective. 4 years working so hard trying to increase revenue so I can actually pay myself. Now with these increases, that means I am working like a start up again, paying bills and getting nothing from it. I need to find extra £30k ayear after VAT to pay just for these increases. Breaks my heart. We shouldn't be treated this way. But this is the reality of the high street retail.

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Fraser fraser.smythe@hotmail.co.uk
4 years ago
I don't want small business to bear the brunt yet again