THE MAYOR of Bognor Regis has hailed the impact small businesses have had on the country’s economic recovery.
Speaking at the opening of a new Dream Doors in Barnham, Tony Gardiner said the ‘disgrace’ of young people being unemployed as there was no work to be had was finally being rectified.
“It’s the small businesses that will make this country,” he said at the opening.
“It’s been working very hard over the last few years and I gather its about 90 per cent of the country’s GDP has been produced because of this country.”
He went on: “We’re helping the Chancellor of the Exchequer get the country on its feet and the French, the Germans and the rest of them are very unhappy about what we’re doing I gather.”
He said it also helped young people to move forward.
“I’m one of those people who believes that you can’t have young people unemployed.
“We should never have allowed 900,000 or whatever the figure officially was at the end to become unemployed under the age of 26.”
He said it was a ‘disgrace’ but that the coalition government had turned the situation around after realising that people off all ages needed to work to make the country ‘great’.
“It says Great Britain and it means Great Britain,” he said.
Cllr Gardiner was at the opening of the new store, which is situated in Unit 13, The Square, Barnham.
The business provides kitchen refits and makeovers. The Barnham store is one of 55 kitchen showrooms.
According to the business: “It is comforting to know that you are dealing with a local business backed by the reputation of a well-established brand.”