5,000 small businesses sign letter backing Tories

Businesswoman and television star Karren Brady
Businesswoman and television star Karren Brady
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More than 5,000 small businesses have given their backing to David Cameron and George Osborne in a show of unity heralding the economic recovery.

Almost 300 firms from across Yorkshire added their names to a letter which states that “this Conservative-led Government has been genuinely committed to making sure Britain is open for business”.

The letter adds: “We would like to see David Cameron and George Osborne given the chance to finish what they have started.

“A change now would be far too risky and would undo all the good work of the last 5 years.”

Mr Cameron will this week focus on job creation, saying in a speech today: “Labour think it’s government that creates jobs. We know it’s the people who take risks, start out on their own, wake up at the crack of dawn to open up their shop and do their books on the kitchen table at midnight who create jobs.”

The Yorkshire firms backing the Tory plan include pet shops, Holiday cottages, small manufacturing firms, The Ripon Spa Hotel and The Maltings pub in York.

Karren Brady, the Conservative Party’s Small Business Ambassador, said: “Small businesses are the back-bone of Yorkshire’s economy. From Leeds to York, there are people working around the clock to win new clients, build something good and employ more people. But the frightening truth is that all of this is at risk on May 7th.”

The Tories small business manifesto launched today commits the party to helping 600,000 new businesses start every year by 2020.