Since becoming MP for Barnet, Theresa has consistently supported small businesses and retailers, both in campaigning for local projects in high streets around the constituency and supporting legislation in Parliament to benefit small businesses:
- Working with local groups such as the Chipping Barnet Town Team and Love Whetstone to support local high streets;
- Taking action in Parliament to back local businesses;
- Campaigning to keep local post offices;
- Campaigning to save historic Barnet Market;
- Working to conserve and celebrate Barnet’s heritage.
Read more about current and past campaigns below:
Supporting town centres and local businesses
Theresa has worked extensively with the Chipping Barnet Town Team to support Barnet High Street, on issues such as revitalising the Spires shopping centre, opposing higher parking charges imposed by the owners of the shopping centre’s car park, and campaigning to save Barnet Market. For many years she has been attending the East Barnet festival and has warmly welcomed the creation of a Christmas Fair for East Barnet Village. She has also been backing the team at Love Whetstone in their successful effort to create the Whetstone festival. Theresa continues to help a range of individual businesses, events and local charities right across the Chipping Barnet constituency.
September 2017: Campaign to save Barnet Police Station: update
August 2017: MP backs Teenage Market for Barnet
July 2017: Save Barnet Police Station!
August 2016: Success for high street: new H&M to open
December 2015: Support for small business in Barnet
November 2015: Theresa Villiers welcomes new business to Friern Barnet Road
September 2015: Whetstone restaurant in House of Commons curry contest
December 2013: Villiers backs Small Business Saturday in Barnet
In Parliament, Theresa has welcomed the reduction in Employer National Insurance contributions introduced by the Chancellor to help small businesses, as well as the business rate relief taking effect from 2017. In December 2016, Theresa used a debate in Parliament to protest about the introduction of compulsory quarterly tax reporting for small businesses through HMRC’s ‘Making Tax Digital’ programme.
December 2016: Making Tax Digital
Local post offices
For many years, Theresa has been a strong supporter of local post offices. She successfully campaigned against plans by the previous Labour Government to close East Barnet post office. Thanks to investment in the post office network by the Conservative Government, East Barnet, Bells Hill, Whetstone, and High Barnet post offices all have refurbished facilities and longer opening hours.
Alongside residents' group, Friends of Barnet Market (FoBM), Theresa Villiers fought a long campaign to save our historic market in High Barnet. The market suffered under the previous owners, spending months in a temporary site in the Stapylton Road car park. When it finally returned to its St Albans Road home, it faced very poor conditions for traders and customers, including a terrible uneven surface and tatty hoardings. After the market's home site was bought by the William Pears Group, Theresa pressed them to deliver the improvements to the market which had long been promised. The market re-opened in St Albans Road 23 November 2013 with a new even surface and much improved facilities for market traders.
Theresa is worried about the continuing decline in the market and is urging her constituents to shop there. The market is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 7am and 3pm.
January 2012: Villiers welcomes new owners for Barnet Market
Celebrating and conserving Barnet’s history
The 1471 Battle of Barnet was a significant turning point in the conflict which later became known as the Wars of the Roses. It brought three English Kings to Barnet – Edward IV, Henry VI and the future King Richard III.
With the increased interest in this period in history, and the forthcoming 550th anniversary of the battle in just a few years’ time, Theresa would like to see greater focus on this momentous historical event so it can bring more people to Barnet and help revitalise our local high street. Theresa backed Barnet Museum’s successful application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for research aimed at finding the correct location of the battle.
Alongside Enfield Councillor Jason Charalambous, Theresa helped safeguard the future of the historic manor house in Trent Park. In 2016, she took the case to Enfield Council, Historic England and to the then-Culture Minister Ed Vaizey, arguing that planning permission should not be granted for any development unless the historical significance of Trent Park House was recognised and protected. Alongside with Cllr Charalambous, Ms Villiers encouraged her constituents to sign a petition calling for the conservation of the manor house, retention of public access to key parts of the house and garden, and establishment of a museum. At a meeting in her constituency office with the owners, Berkeley Homes, she received assurances on all three of these important issues.
Lastly, Theresa has highlighted opportunities open to community groups and charities regarding funding from Heritage England to explore local history; and has encouraged them to apply. She is also campaigning against housing development on the historic Whalebones site in High Barnet.
December 2016: Villiers welcomes investment in Battle of Barnet research
August 2016: Trent Park: support for museum campaign
April 2016: Villiers continues campaign to save Trent Park
March 2015: Villiers backs campaign to save Trent Park