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Carol's Flowers will bloom thanks to Government help on small business rates

By citizenmike  |  Posted: March 25, 2014

Pictured from left: County councillor Pam Tracey, city MP Richard Graham, and Carol and Mike West, of Carol's Flowers

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Carol and Mike West have run their two businesses in Kings Square for 38 years and have been through ‘good times and bad times’.

Now Carol admits the rocky economy means it is currently one of the bad times.

But Carol’s Flowers and the Westies cafe are two of the small businesses that are set to benefit from up to a £1,000 each from a business rate rebate.

Other small firms will also enjoy up to £2,000 off their usual employers’ National Insurance bill this year thanks to changes announced by the Government in the 2014 Budget last week.

Gloucester MP Richard Graham has written to 4,500 businesses across the city to tell them about the good news.

Mrs West said: “Whatever we get back will make a huge difference to us. We’ve been here for 38 years and seen good times and bad times.

“The Government has got to step up to the mark and help out small businesses when times are tough and it is doing just that.”

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  • Kay_Powell  |  March 25 2014, 3:24PM

    Beegeeuk, I've just checked the city council website, and Pam is up for re-election at the beginning of May.

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  • Kay_Powell  |  March 25 2014, 3:12PM

    And where will this business move to when King's Quarter gets redeveloped?

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  • JemmyWood  |  March 25 2014, 1:20PM

    Who has footed the bill for Dick Graham to write to 4500 businesses?

  • Beegeeuk  |  March 25 2014, 12:10PM

    Yet another photo opportunity for Pam Tracey! Almost as bad as Kim Kardashian!!!