||<p>Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the manufacturing sector play a vital
role in the UK economy. At Budget, Government announced a package of support for towns
and high streets that included cutting the business rates bills of eligible small
retailers by one third for two years and the £675 million Future High Streets Fund.
Our recent reforms to the planning system, including the revised National Planning
Policy Framework, provide greater flexibility for a greater range and diversity of
uses in our high streets. That includes diversification to incentivise small and medium
sized business. The manufacturing sector drives innovation and exports, creates jobs
and Government is committed to supporting the sector through the Industrial Strategy.
This will boost productivity and build an economy fit for the future, helping to foster
a competitive business environment where UK manufacturing can thrive.</p><p>Tenancies
are a commercial matter and whilst Government cannot comment on contractual arrangements
between landlords and tenants, where specific tenancy issues arise, businesses can
engage with their local authorities or Citizens’ Advice Bureau</p>