BRITISH SMALL BUSINESSES CONTINUOUSLY HAMMERED BY GOVERNMENT – Britain was once a nation of free enterprise; the backbone of the country has always been the small business.
Yet despite the bulldog spirit of always battling on many are now finding the task of running a small business, due to the Government’s greed and obtuse attitude towards those who try to make an honest living, is now almost impossible.
You may be one of those people who often sit and shake your head at the state of our welfare system and how welfare is no longer an aid to recovery but rather an entitlement and for many a lifestyle choice.
We moan and groan about council tax, income tax and other taxes levied upon us through legislation that we are unable to avoid.
Unfortunately for those who operate a small business these issues are magnified tenfold and the Government’s greed is now killing off the very lifeblood of Britain.
Recently a sad tale was told of yet another high street retailer biting the dust. Simon Dunn ran a chocolate shop in Wilmslow, Cheshire. Now anyone who is familiar with Wilmslow will tell you that it is an affluent area; it’s also part Chancellor George Osborne’s Tatton constituency.
Unfortunately for Mr. Dunn and despite his business turning over £4,000 a week his has been forced to shut up shop for good.
When Mr. Dunn decided he could no longer afford to keep his shop open he posted a note on the shop window which detailed to his customers and friends the cost of operating the business.
The costs included Rent and Rates £1,000, a VAT bill of £800, Staff Wages £1,300, Supplies £800. The grand total of running the shop was £3,900 and yet this still didn’t include other variable costs such as heat, light, electric.
The truth is that whilst Mr. Dunn worked all hours God sent and lay awake at night worrying how he would make it through the next month there wasn’t even enough to pay himself a modest salary.
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Of course Mr. Dunn’s woes are of no concern to the Government or the local tax collectors; all they want is money so that they can continue spending vast amounts mainly for their own benefit.
I know how Mr. Dunn feels; I’ve been there. I once owned a small gallery in Stamford, Lincolnshire and after two years of working 16 to 20 hours a day, without a salary, and continuously paying taxes, rent and rates I finally realized that the business would be the death of me and so closed the doors.
There are literally thousands of shopkeepers in exactly the same position and the general public often perceives that anyone running their own business must be minted; if only that was true I wouldn’t be sitting at a desk writing articles in my senior years.
You might have thought that David Cameron and Nick Clegg would have provided more support for small businesses by actively reducing taxes. Unfortunately these two fools are so detached from reality they might as well be living on another planet.
The truth is that both are extremely wealthy and therefore will never be able to sympathise with the little person on the street; and besides they need all the money they can get to pay for their ridiculous pet projects, such as giving vast sums of money to other countries in the form of foreign aid; just so they can make themselves look good on the world stage.
Forget being an entrepreneur, it is quite frankly a mugs game and a way for the Government to squeeze every penny from you. You’ll end up paying expensive lawyers and accountants in the attempt to try and avoid Government greed and incompetent but they’ll always find other ways to penalize you.
We’ve heard so many stories lately of how Google, Amazon and Starbucks have been avoiding taxes and yet the game for the corporation is far different. These companies can afford to hire the best lawyers and accountants and can also afford to set up a complex structure of companies around the world in order to avoid paying tax.
The Government is so incompetent that they are unable to stem the tide of corporate tax avoidance and therefore the easy target is, and always will be, the small business; for us there is rarely any type of escape from their continuous greed and incompetence.
This week we also had the revelation that George Osborne is to implement a plan that will provide childcare vouchers for parents who both work. Who will ultimately pay for this; yes the tax payer and more importantly the small business.
Nick Clegg in his ever increasing stupidity now wants to make it mandatory for all fathers of new born babies to take one month off work so that the father can bond with the child. Again who pays for this; the answer is obvious.
When the news broke of the Chancellor’s decision to provide childcare vouchers I took to writing an article that has already upset a lot of people. I suggested that no parent should be allowed any form of childcare allowance or benefits. I see no reason why I should be taxed to pay for their lifestyle choice – what next, will I have to pay for a BMW because that’s what they prefer to drive.
The Government continues to squeeze even harder the small businesses in order to prop up their endless spending on pet projects and yet the harder they squeeze the more that businesses go under and therefore the higher the taxation has to be imposed on those remaining to cover the shortfall.
It is of course folly but Cameron and Clegg will never be able to understand even the basics of economics; both come from privileged backgrounds and have never done an honest day’s work in their life.
I have always been a keen entrepreneur, I believe in the free market and that if a person is willing to try and make a success of a business that will eventually provide prosperity for others then we need a Government that is pro small business and not one that simply views us as cash cows.
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