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Knight Backs VAT Cut to Boost Tourism

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is sponsoring a parliamentary motion calling for consideration to be given to lowering the rate of Value Added Tax (VAT) applied at restaurants, pubs and hotels.

The motion highlights the challenging conditions these businesses are experiencing and points out that some other EU member states apply lower rates of VAT to the tourism and hospitality sector in order to boost trade and help it compete against big supermarkets.

Sir Greg, who last year was honoured by the British Beer & Pub Association for his work supporting local pubs said: “It is essential that the Government considers all options for supporting these small businesses which are vital for jobs, tourism and our social economy and I believe these proposals should be given serious considerations”.

Knight Presents Apprentice Award

East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight and Yorkshire and Humber MEP Timothy Kirkhope have paid a visit to the first hi-tech McDonalds restaurant in East Yorkshire.

McDonalds at Shiptonthorpe in East Yorkshire is currently the only outlet in the region where customers can order their take-away using large hi-tech touch-screen kiosks.

Traditional service is still available at the restaurant but the new kiosks will speed up customer transactions and increase choice.

During the visit Sir Greg presented the Intermediate Apprenticeship Award to local employee Jordan Pickering who has just been awarded the qualification and promoted to Shift Manager. The politicians also were given a guided tour of the operation by Store Manager and Franchisee Mike O’Reilly.

Sir Greg said he was very impressed with the outlet, which employs 61 local people, and added: “The electronic kiosks are easy to use and eliminate having to queue. The staff are friendly, the kitchen area is spotless and this is a great place to stop for a quick meal.”


Pictured (l to r): Timothy Kirkhope MEP, local apprenticeship Award recipient Jordan Pickering, Sir Greg Knight MP and Store Owner Mike O’Reilly.

MP Praises Company’s 50 years in Bridlington

Britax PMG Limted, who manufacture safety lighting, are this month celebrating 50 years as an East Riding employer and their record as a successful local business was praised by East Yorkshire MP Greg Knight, who launched the company’s anniversary celebrations.

Mr Knight said that Britax currently employs over 200 people and has a turnover of £30 million, with almost half of their output going overseas as exports. The MP added: “This business is a valued and successful local employer and I congratulate them on their half a century of achievement in Bridlington”.

Mr Knight when launching the 50 year celebrations was joined by East Riding of Yorkshire Chairman Councillor Claude Mole and local Councillor Jane Evison.

Bridlington Chippy ‘is Tops’

You “cannot beat Bridlington for fish and chips” says East Yorkshire MP Greg Knight who enjoyed the award-winning taste at Fish and Chips @ 149 in Marton Road, during a recent visit.

The MP presented owner John Hutchinson with the National Federation of Fish and Chips Quality Award during his visit.

“Traditional fish and chips stand head and shoulders above other types of fast food for healthy eating” said Mr Knight.

John Hutchinson, owner of the shop said, “This is a real testament to the hard work and effort of everyone at 149 to produce outstanding quality food that is healthy and nutritious”.

Knight Supports Market Weighton Retail Partnership

East Yorkshire MP Greg Knight is backing Market Weighton Town Centre to become a ‘Town Team Partner’.

The Town Team Partnership programme, funded by the Department of Communities and Local Government, is being launched following the Government’s retail review by Mary Portas. The scheme will help boost trade on high streets and in town centres.

The scheme, which Market Weighton can only join because of the backing of Mr Knight, will give traders access to expert advice and networking forums and will also provide £10,000 to be used for upgrading the public amenities in Market Weighton town centre including the painting of public buildings, the addition of public seating, and/or cycle racks and hanging baskets.

Mr Knight said, “Retailers across the country have been hit hard by the global economic conditions. I welcome this scheme particularly because it aims to help independent and often family owned small business. I look forward to the Town Team Partnership driving new energy, ideas and enthusiasm in Market Weighton’s town centre.”

Knight Secures Backing for Bridlington Town Centre

East Yorkshire MP Greg Knight is backing the Bridlington Town Improvement Forum to become a ‘Town Team Partner’.

The Town Team Partnership programme, funded by the Department of Communities and Local Government, is being launched following the Government’s retail review by Mary Portas. The scheme will help boost trade on high streets and in town centres.

The scheme, which Bridlington can only join because of the backing of Mr Knight, will not only give traders access to expert advice and networking forums, but it will also provide £10,000 to be used for marketing the Bridlington town centre.

Mr Knight said, “Retailers across the country have been hit hard by the global economic conditions. I welcome this scheme particularly because it aims to help independent and often family owned small business. I look forward to the Town Team Partnership driving new ideas and enthusiasm and hopefully new jobs in Bridlington’s town centre.”

Knight Welcomes VAT Compromise on Static Caravans

East Yorkshire MP Greg Knight has welcomed the compromise reached by the Government on proposals to add VAT on the purchase of static holiday caravans.

The Chancellor’s budget had contained proposals to levy VAT at 20% on static holiday caravans from October this year. Following pressure from Mr Knight the consultation process was extended and Mr Knight was then one of a number MPs who presented petitions to the House of Commons calling for a re-think of the plans.

Today it has been announced that the original VAT plans will be scrapped and instead a much reduced rate of just 5% will be levied but not until April of next year.

Welcoming the compromise, Mr Knight said: “This is a sensible plan, it gives the industry time to plan for the changes and the tax is not levied at a job-destroying rate”.

Mr Knight added, “Static holiday caravans are a vital part of the economy in East Yorkshire and provide employment for many. It is refreshing to have a Government who first extended the consultation period as I requested and then during that period listened to the concerns of the industry, and acted accordingly”.

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