Green Party of England and Wales co-leader and MP candidate for Bristol Central, Carla Denyer, is calling on the government to offer a Small Business Saturday support package to help firms thrive in their green transition.
Carla Denyer said:
“I visit independent businesses and social enterprises up and down the country, including here in Bristol, and so many say that they want to make a success of greening their operations.
“But they need government to get behind them and offer the right support.
“Analysis by the British Business Bank found that small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) account for almost one third of all UK carbon emissions and around half of total UK business emissions, but the Net Zero Review highlighted the challenges SMEs face in making the change to meet net zero.
“We need a competitively fair transition to net zero that benefits rather than hinders the small and independent businesses that bring so much benefit to our local communities.
“The Green Party’s alternative Autumn Statement identified £30 billion that could be raised by making the super-rich pay a little more tax . Just £3 billion of that could be used to double funding for Green Transition Grants – to help small businesses prepare for and make the most of the opportunities of greening the economy.
“From assisting small businesses to decarbonise their transport needs, to reforming VAT and suspending Covid repayments, there is much more the government should be doing.
This Small Business Saturday the Green Party are calling for:
 Full details of the Green Party’s alternative Autumn Statement available here: https://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2023/11/21/autumn-statement-greens-offer-10-point-plan-of-distinctive-tax-and-spend-policies-to-create-a-fairer,-greener-country/
Photograph is of Carla visiting Bristol brewery, Wiper and True’s production facility.