*Image taken prior to new COVID-19 social distancing measures being introduced.
Stuart is proud to promote the Big Village Giveaway, a campaign being led by business owners in Tettenhall to raise funds for Compton Care. Read more information about how to take part in this prize raffle and other activities at https://www.facebook.com/thebigvillagegiveaway/
If every working adult in Wolverhampton spent £5 a week extra with local businesses, it would boost the local economy by £780,000 a week.
Stuart is also supporting the 'Shop Local' campaign, which is being led by the local Business Improvement Districts and the City of Wolverhampton Council. The campaign aims to support our city's local independent shops and businesses by showcasing their details for free. Businesses who would like their details to be listed can sign up here. Businesses listed on this website have confirmed that they are operating in line with the latest Government guidelines.
The Government has also provided more than £280 billion to support lives and livelihoods. This includes:
- The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which has now been extended until the end of April 2021 and continues to support 2,900 jobs in the constituency of Wolverhampton South West.
- Grants for the self-employed, which have been made more generous in light of recent national and local lockdown announcements, and which have benefitted 5,400 people in Wolverhampton South West.
- Loans and Government-backed grants which have helped businesses facing severely reduced income because of pandemic.
- VAT cuts and business rates holidays for many small businesses, including those in the hospitality and retail sectors.
In addition, Stuart has been keeping his business support advice-page up-to-date with the latest information and he has been raising any individual cases with his Ministerial colleagues and others. Stuart is committed to bringing more economic opportunities to the great city of Wolverhampton, and his work in this area is ongoing.
The Government is determined to deliver on its promise to level up and invest in local communities. To this end, the Chancellor has recently announced a new £4 billion Levelling Up Fund to improve the infrastructure people and businesses rely on every day. It follows the £3.6 billion Towns Fund of which Wolverhampton has already received £1 million and has made a bid for more, and the £1 billion Future High Streets Fund of which Wolverhampton has received £15 million to help renew and regenerate local high streets and commercial areas. These schemes are creating economic opportunities for local people.
Commenting, Stuart Anderson MP said: “Small businesses are integral to local communities, and I have made a conscious effort to visit as many local businesses as possible. The Big Village Giveaway is a fantastic initiative which raises the profile of local businesses and raises funds for Compton Care. I would encourage everyone to support this initiative and #shoplocal. Positive reviews and word of mouth help too, so please share what your favourite local shops are with others.”