Self-employed restaurant owner Calvin Kitchin set up his pizza business just over a year ago.
The 29-year-old who owns Cal’s Own restaurant on Chillingham Road, thinks it is difficult for new self-employed businessmen to hit the ground running.
Calvin says he isn’t optimistic about the budget helping smaller businesses.
The one-man business owner wanted high rates and business taxes to be slashed for smaller businesses and for rates to be fairer when businesses are awaiting planning permission.
Kitchin, of Jesmond, said: ‘’I think that is so crippling that small business owners like me cannot expand because of the rate situation. I’ve got masses of potential in this company and if I was in a place like Northumberland Street the trade would be through the roof.
‘’There are no incentives for new self-employed business owners to expand because the rates are just too high. I would ideally like to see the budget slash rates for newly emerging business owners but to be honest, I’m not too hopeful. When I first opened the doors I didn’t have a penny. It’s only just taking off now. It does well but it isn’t exactly in the area I would like it to be in.
“How am I as the sole owner, with no financial backing able to place my restaurant in the centre of town? I think it is all about connections and this is something I want the government to change, so young entrepreneurs can have a real chance.”