Helping our Local Shops & Businesses

West Oxfordshire is a thriving area with many small businesses and I work hard to provide a strong voice for our local wealth creators. I am determined to ensure that our thriving local economy continues to grow, providing even more good jobs for local people.

I have championed West Oxfordshire businesses since becoming your MP, meeting with hundreds of local businesses in the constituency, and have hosted Parliamentary events honouring our innovative local companies. I have also been elected as the Chair of the All-Party Group for Small and Micro Businesses - making me a key voice in Westminster for small business.

These companies are the lifeblood of our local economy, and it is essential that West Oxfordshire continues to be a dynamic hub of businesses, from table-top operations to international world-beaters.

I work hard to ensure that our small, independent high street shops - which provide our towns with character and local wealth - are able to adapt to a rapidly-changing 21st Century business landscape and compete with the growth of online retail.

I continue to campaign for a root and branch review of the business rate system and for a reduction in the red tape and bureaucracy that faces small firms.

News

Robert Speaks at Launch of WOBA 2020 at Blenheim Palace

Robert said: "Delighted to be at beautiful Blenheim Palace for the launch of the West Oxfordshire Business Awards (WOBA) 2020 & to celebrate 10 years of this outstandingly successful competition, bringing local businesses together & celebrating West Oxfordshire’s amazing businesses."

Robert Hails Success of Campaign to End Late Payments

Robert said: "Small businesses across West Oxfordshire will be delighted with the measures announced yesterday to ensure that small businesses get paid quickly - ending the unacceptable culture of late payment.

Robert Meets With Small Business Commissioner

Robert said: "If you own or have owned a small business, you’ll know that late payment can be a massive problem for you, not just in terms of cashflow but sometimes in terms of the future of your business.