A local plumber from Newtownabbey along with other tradesmen was recently invited by Chancellor George Osborne to talk about the business growth for various tradesmen.
Raymond McKnight was just an average plumber who operates as Hill View Heating when he won Screwfix’s annual search for Britain’s Top Tradesman. The search would eventually earn him and 9 other finalists the chance to talk to Chancellor George and give their views regarding business growth.
McKnight and the other finalists did not only discuss the business growth for tradesmen but they also shared their thoughts on how the government could help keep the business alive for tradesmen and other professionals.
He commented that it was truly an honor to have met with the Chancellor of the Exchequer and talked about their thoughts on how small businesses could remain booming and successful this 2015. He also said that 2014 had been a busy year for his business and that it was probably the same with many others.
Raymond McKnight believes that although there are already initiatives that are set in motion, there could still be more ways for the government to help. He also acknowledged how the government’s initiative had helped him and other businesses in the past years.
Chancellor George said that it was a great experience for him to have welcomed the finalists of the competition done by Screwfix to Downing Street. He also said that the small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy and that the positive discussions were a testament to prove that the long-term economic work plan is working.
The chancellor further commented that it is the very reason why they are reducing the business rates that have burdened many businessmen so that they could have improved access to finance.
“We can always do more.” Chancellor George acknowledged.
Andrew Livingston, CEO of Srewfix, said that they are constantly communicating with various tradesmen and that it is nice to see their business performing successfully. He said that many of their customers are a lot busier than they had ever been and that it is important that the government to think of new ways to help small businesses maintain their success.