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.”