NDM6176 Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn)
To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:
1. Notes successful schemes such as small business Saturday for increasing footfall in town centres across Wales.
2. Notes that, following the Plaid Cymru budget deal with the Welsh Government, a fund will be established that will enable local authorities to offer free car parking in town centres throughout Wales, providing a vital boost to town centre regeneration.
3. Regrets that the current business rates system places a disproportionate burden on small businesses with premises in Wales compared to the rest of the UK.
4. Regrets the impact of the recent business rates revaluation on some small businesses in Wales.
5. Calls upon the Welsh Government to:
a) Expand the transitional relief available to small businesses affected by the 2017 non-domestic rates revaluation:
b) explore the designation of the whole of Wales as an enterprise zone in order to provide Wales with kind of competitive advantage needed in order to close the economic gap between Wales and the rest of the UK;kind of competitive advantage needed in order to close the economic gap between Wales and the rest of the UK;kind of competitive advantage needed in order to close the economic gap between Wales and the rest of the UK;
c) ensure that the interests of small businesses are given due weight in the work of the new National Infrastructure Commission for Wales and the National Development Bank;
d) set a target to increase the current levels of procurement from 55 per cent to at least 75 per cent of Welsh public sector spending within Wales; and
e) introduce a 'buy local' campaign aimed at Welsh consumers and major purchasers.
Business type: Debate
Reason considered: Assembly Business;
First published: 24/11/2016
Decision due: 30 Nov 2016 by Plenary
Lead member: Rhun ap Iorwerth AM