Gordon has used a Westminster Hall debate on coastal towns to say how Government can support small businesses - as a mechanism for boosting the local economy, but also as part of the wider regeneration of Blackpool.
He said: “Along with Blackpool Council, I have been continuing to support local business in the South Shore area and for Small Business Saturday in December I visited both the Lancashire Cheesecake Company, as well as Johnson's of Bond Street, run by local FSB chair, Susanne Johnson. Small businesses like these are crucial to our local economy and also as part of the wider regeneration of the town.
“Government can also play their part in helping them to succeed further and that’s why the Labour Party has promised to freeze and then cut business rates for small businesses. We have also put plans forward for regional banks to be set up so small firms can better access the funding they need.”
Gordon also used the debate to make reference to a number of successful local initiatives including the Council’s “Get Started” scheme. Over seven years “Get Started” has helped over a 1,000 businesses get running.
He added: “The Council’s Get Started scheme, which was funded by the last Labour Government has helped many aspiring entrepreneurs and it’s great that over a 1,000 new small businesses set up through the initiative.”