Local businesses from across South Gloucestershire have attended another socially-distanced business forum, hosted by local MP Luke Hall.


The business forum was set up to give local business owners the opportunity to bring feedback on what more the Government can be doing to directly help and support them.


Businesses who have attended Luke’s business forums now include; The Buthay Pub, C the World Travel agents, The Railway Tavern, M.J Fews Ltd, Spar Charfield, Razzmataz Theatre School, The Globe Frampton Cotterell, Papilio Heritage Thornbury, Hawkesbury Stores, Hawkins in Thornbury and Sweet Apples Tea Shop in Marshfield.


The business owners raised a number of topics including; the success of the Eat out to Help Out Scheme, the kickstart apprentice scheme, the importance of clear messaging in advice for business, the benefits of the Government furlough scheme, clarification on music rules for pubs and isolation restrictions.


The business meetings have been part of Luke’s Positive Plan for protecting jobs and the economy here in Thornbury, Yate and the surrounding villages. For local people this plan means keeping business taxes low, supporting our pubs and High Streets and holding jobs fairs so everybody in our community can get to work.


Luke Hall commented:


“As we begin to rebuild from the pandemic ensuring that our Positive Plan for protecting jobs and the economy is implemented is now more important than ever.That is why I have begun my second day of speaking to local businesses and employers through small, socially distanced business roundtables, to find out what more I can do to support local jobs and  businesses, as we begin to kickstart our economy.  We shall be holding more over the coming weeks, and if you would be interested in attending one of these then please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.”