George Osborne praised Brentford for its Small Business Saturday campaign as he announced changes to help Britain's high streets today.
In his Autumn statement in the House of Commons today (December 5) the Chancellor of the Exchequer said the government wanted to help small and medium businesses by capping inflation increase in business rates for all premises at two per cent from next April.
He used Brentford as an example of campaigning for support of small businesses, with its Small Business Saturday plans for this Saturday (7).
The Chancellor also said businesses will also be allowed to pay their rates in 12 monthly instalments.
Mr Osborne said he wants to 'help those who have struggled hard on our high streets' by announcing a new reoccupation relief to encourage use of vacant town centre shops, a scene Brentford is familiar with.
The discount on business rates will be worth £1,000 to every retail premise in England, with a rateable value up to £50,000.
He said: "We're backing British businesses all the way."