Watford MP Dean Russell joined a local small business roundtable in Watford to hear from businesses across a variety of sectors.
Hosted at the newly opened Il Pellegrino Italian restaurant on Watford High Street, Dean Russell heard about the current challenges facing small businesses as they juggle pandemic recovery with the cost-of-living crisis. There was also discussion around ways to encourage people to shop local and support small retailers on our high streets.
Following his successful bid in the Private Members’ Ballot last week, Dean also heard how his Tips Bill would help employees of small businesses with the cost of living should it pass into law.
Dean also heard about the positive impact of Government schemes and initiatives to support businesses throughout the pandemic, including the Eat-out-to-help-out scheme, as well as hearing ideas about how the Government can continue to support local businesses through the immediate challenges that lie ahead.
Speaking after the event Dean said “I would like to thank Neeta Dhorajiwala, CEO of Oiyaa, for organising and Albi Oshafi from Il Pellegrino for hosting. As both the local MP and a Small Business Ambassador these roundtables are really valuable for me.
"It was great to hear that despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, local businesses are continuing to recover as we see more people return to the high street and shop local. These independent retailers are the backbone of the British community so we must ensure that we are engaging with them.”