Cafe owner fears he could be forced to close his doors

Owner of Arabica Coffee House, Rushden, Darren Stevens wants a change to business rates as he is worried they will have to close down within twelve months if things don't change.
Owner of Arabica Coffee House, Rushden, Darren Stevens wants a change to business rates as he is worried they will have to close down within twelve months if things don't change.
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A businessman fears he could have to close his coffee shop within 12 months if small businesses do not get more support.

Darren Stevens, owner of Arabica Coffee House, in High Street, Rushden, said business rates are killing independent shops.

He also fears that other shops in High Street could be considering their future if nothing is done.

He said: “The Government should scrap business rates, they are too expensive.

“We need a tax that is based on profits, which would be fair to everybody.”

Mr Stevens said he has spoken to Wellingborough and Rushden MP Peter Bone about his concerns and he is going to lobby whoever he can in the hope of changing business rates.

He is now urging independent shop owners to sign an e-petition asking the Government to discuss business rates in Parliament.

The petition is at www.epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/40643.