Kirsty Williams and Roger Williams visit small business in Crickhowell.

April 27, 2010 9:29 AM

Kirsty Williams, leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats and Roger Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrats Shadow Secretary of State for Wales and Brecon and Radnorshire candidate visited a small rural business yesterday in Brecon to highlight their party's commitment to provide support and encourage the private sector in Wales.

Graig Farm produces award winning organic apple juice and the farm recently diversified to provide self-catering holiday accommodation.

To help small businesses, the Welsh Liberal Democrats want to force the banks to lend to viable businesses, support investment in the roll-out of superfast broadband and encourage closer links between universities and private business to ensure that Wales' best ideas are contributing our economy.

Kirsty Williams, leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats said:

We want to ensure that small companies like Graig Farm have an environment in Wales in which to grow and prosper. The Westminster Government owns huge amounts of the banks, and they should be forced to lend to viable businesses, so that they have access to the credit they need.

Building a better opportunity for small businesses is our number one priority for the Welsh economy. Only by encouraging enterprise and entrepreneurialism can we build an economy that is diverse and sustainable and deliver jobs and wealth for the whole of Wales.

Small businesses like these form the backbone of our Welsh economy and we must do all we can to provide support and encouragement so that we can make Wales a place where the private sector can flourish.

Roger Williams, Welsh Lib Dem Brecon and Radnorshire parliamentary candidate

It is absolutely vital that we ensure that small rural businesses like Graig Farm are protected. In partnership with the National Assembly, the Liberal Democrats in Westminster would create a legal supermarket code and a powerful independent regulator of Britain's food so that producers and consumers get a fair price for produce.

In rural areas like Brecon and Radnorshire and many parts of Wales, we want to ensure that businesses have the help and support they need. We have long been campaigning for rural areas to have better and increased access to broadband so that businesses can flourish and grow.

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