Simon Hart MP has called on the Welsh Assembly Government to follow Westminster's lead and cut business rates for small shopkeepers.
In his Autumn Statement the Chancellor pledged to give small shopkeepers a £1,000 discount on their rates.
However the bonus, which will benefit all those in properties worth up to £50,000, won't apply in Wales.
"Business rates is one of the biggest hurdles that many small businesses face and for the Welsh Assembly Government to follow this step would be a huge boost to small shops, pubs, cafe and restaurant owners," he said.
He also welcomed the news that Welsh businesses won't have to pay National Insurance contributions for staff aged under 21.
"This, coupled with the cancellation of next year's fuel duty rise, shows that we are on the side of business. Growth forecasts have doubled and the steps we are taking to tackle rates in England and to help small businesses throughout the UK will continue to help the economy to grow."
Simon Hart MP
House of Commons
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or 0207 219 3000