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Help For Small Businesses Should Be Higher Priority For County Council

December 17, 2012 8:00 AM

Warwickshire County Council will vote tomorrow on a recommendation to use £ 3.5 million of one-off unallocated money to fund a number of 'Going for growth' projects, to support the development of the local economy.

Liberal Democrat councillors want to see much higher priority given, in the choice of projects to be funded, to measures which will give direct help to small businesses in these difficult economic times.

They have tabled an amendment to the recommendation, to allocate an extra £500,000 to help fund small business start-up grants, of up to £10,000 each, which would be in addition to the £500,000 revolving loan fund for small businesses already proposed.

Cllr John Whitehouse (Kenilworth Abbey), Lib Dem spokesperson for Sustainable Communities, said: "We believe that start-up grants for small businesses are one of the most direct and effective ways that the council can help to the local economy to grow, and to create or safeguard jobs."

Cllr. Jerry Roodhouse (Rugby Eastlands & Hillmorton), Lib Dem Group Leader, said: "Liberal Democrats are strongly pro-growth, so it is right that the Council should be looking to spend this windfall money on supporting the local economy. We believe that small businesses are the driver for growth and jobs in Warwickshire."