John and Debbie Williams, founders of the award-winning John Williams Heating Services, have told prospective parliamentary candidate Michelle Donolan what small businesses need to thrive.
Michelle, who is standing for the Chippenham seat for the Conservatives in the forthcoming general election, visited the company which is based on the Bumpers Farm Industrial Estate.
John Williams said: “We were pleased Michelle Donelan took an interest in us and asked our views on what we believe small businesses need.
“We discussed apprenticeships in depth as well as the importance of training the work force of the future.
“We also talked about fuel prices and the impact it has on companies which need to run a fleet of vehicles.
“Finally we looked at VAT and how we feel, as business owners, all businesses should be VAT registered. This would create a level playing field as we lose a lot of business to one man and his van – who doesn’t have to charge VAT.”
Michelle has stated, should she win the Chippenham seat, she wants to be a champion for local businesses.
She has herself come from a family of three generations of small business owners and believes in the importance of long standing enterprises such as John Williams Heating Services which provide valuable local employment.
John Williams Heating Services, which is in its 11th year, won the award for Best Small Business and Business of the Year 2014 in the Enterprising Wiltshire awards. It’s also a Which? Trusted Trader and is registered with CheckATrade.com
Pictured above: John Williams, co-founder of John Williams Heating Services with Michelle Donelan, PPC for the Conservative Party for the Chippenham constituency.