Internet Petition to Appoint Small Business Czar

A few minutes ago I posted up a piece from George Monbiot’s Captive State, about the way the supermarket chains have decimated the small businesses that give choice, variety and a sense of community to neighbourhoods up and down the country. A few days ago I signed a petition on Change.org set up by a small businessman in London, Adam Bernstein. Bernstein’s a Londoner, whose great-grandparents settled in the metropolis and set up business there. He states

The government tells us that it’s pro-business, however, increasingly both the political and market conditions are being set up to favour big retail and large high street chains over creative, independent enterprises. With ever increasing rents, premiums and rates, and almost no regulations on either the rents charged by landlords or the lease conditions they insist upon, small businesses are progressively being priced out of the market with the obvious homogenisation of our high streets clear evidence of this trend in a city usually famed for its diversity and creativity.

Seeing the vibrant heart of the city I love being ripped out in favour of identikit high streets, from Shoreditch to Chinatown, and Soho to Brixton, is demoralising as a small retailer and heartbreaking as a Londoner.

He therefore set up a petition for the government to establish a ‘small business czar’, to look after and protect the small businessman. I’ve signed it. In Stokes Croft in Bristol about six years ago, there were riots because one of the supermarket chains wanted to open another branch in the district, and there was understandable fear and anger that the small businesses there would also suffer from its depredations. If also you wish to sign the petition, you can find it at:

https://www.change.org/p/zac-goldsmith-sadiq-khan-protect-london-s-independent-shops-protectindieshops?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=555620&alert_id=SQKYTATTdn_twbPia38lNhChpabRootD13woH5dDg2v8OMF6TpUuMI%3D

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