Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, visited three local businesses in Jericho in her constituency today to show her support for the local retail and hospitality sector, industries which have been particularly affected by the coronavirus pandemic and both lockdowns.
She went to see Walton Cycles, an independent cycle shop, Branca Bar, Restaurant and Deli, a family-owned business, and the Anchor Pub to listen to their concerns about the effect the Covid-19 pandemic and the Government’s response has had on their businesses.
She also learned about how businesses were adapting to cope with the changing circumstances, and the measures they were taking to stop the spread of Covid-19. Layla praised the “creativity and innovation” of independent businesses to cope through 2020.
Layla said she hoped her Small Business Saturday visits would “encourage everyone in our community to support our local independent businesses in these tough times.”
Layla Moran said:
“I feel so proud to have so many wonderful restaurants, shops and pubs in our constituency, and I was delighted to be able to visit and hear from some of them today.
“We’re all very aware of the sacrifices that the hospitality and retail sectors have had to make during the pandemic, and it is important that we come and support them as best we can as we leave lockdown.
“There is incredible creativity and innovation from our local businesses to keep trading through 2020, and continue to stay as the lifeblood of our communities.
“That is why I will continue to hold this Government to account over their handling of the pandemic and their support for small businesses. I would encourage everyone in our community to support our local independent businesses in these tough times.”