Joan Ryan, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Enfield North, has welcomed the opportunity to hold a series of interviews with the Turkish business community over recent weeks, on the key issues for local businesses and the support they want to see from a new Government after the General Election in May.
Concluding her ‘What is important to the Turkish Business community?’ survey with a visit to the successful and growing business K&A Tyres on Hertford Road, on Thursday 19th March, Joan Ryan praised the Turkish, Kurdish and Cypriot communities for the positive impact they have had on Enfield and the borough’s economy.
During her conversations with businesses, ranging from newspapers and restaurants to mechanics and construction companies, Joan learnt about the pressures local businesses have been under in recent years. This has been due to the increase in business overheads, particularly energy bills, and the limited availability of business lending from banks - down by over £50 billion, in the UK, since May 2010.
The businesses Joan Ryan spoke to backed the Labour Party’s plans to support growth and business, particularly the pledges to cut and then freeze business rates for local firms and to freeze energy prices until 2017.
Joan Ryan, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Enfield North, said:
“My business survey was all about getting out and speaking to the local Turkish businesses in Enfield about the issues they care about and how a Labour Government can and will deliver for them – from cuts to business rates, the freezing of energy prices and creating a British Investment Bank to boost lending so that small businesses can grow.
If I am elected on May 7th, I will work with and seek to represent all businesses in the area, but it is very important that the Turkish business community is heard given how vital it is to the success of our local economy. The interviews I’ve done have been very informative. I have great admiration for the entrepreneurial spirit shown by all communities in Enfield, including the Turkish, Kurdish and Cypriot.
I intend to stay fully engaged with the local business community on all the matters we discussed and I hope to become a champion for them in Parliament, after the election in May, so that Enfield businesses get the support they need to survive and thrive.”
Emirali Ceyhanli, owner of K&A Tyres, said:
“Running a local business hasn’t always been easy over the last few years, especially with the banks not lending to small businesses and people having less money than they once did.
What I like about Joan is that she is really listening to what local business people tell her. Business rates and energy bills are two of my biggest overheads. I’m really pleased that Labour is pledging to cut business rates and freeze energy bills if they win the election. That will make a real difference to my business and means I can offer new jobs to local people.”
- Photo of Joan Ryan with Mr Emirali Ceyhanli, the owner of K&A Tyres, and members of staff