Don’t forget the domestic agenda, FSB urges politicians

Friday May 19th, 2017

Domestic issues such as supporting the rights of the self-employed are just as important an election concern for small businesses as ‘Brexit’, according to new research by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).Government Opportunities

Small businesses are also keen to see the next Government make long-term investments to help support growth – with 38 per cent viewing investment in infrastructure as a priority and 37 per cent saying the same about investment in skills.

A high proportion (46 per cent) listed improving support for the self-employed as a key issue – a combination of addressing the inequality of self-employed access to social security and pensions, and helping the self-employed access financial products such as mortgages.

When asked to identify the single most important issue for them, 76 per cent identified an issue other than ‘Brexit’ as the top priority for the next government.

61 per cent did, however, include delivering a good ‘Brexit’ deal as a priority when asked to choose all their priorities.

FSB National Chairman, Mike Cherry, said:

Those seeking to form the next government must show their commitment to supporting the UK’s army of 4.8 million self-employed – a hugely motivated group of strivers, and indeed voters, who will be crucial to the success of the UK economy over the next few years.

Small firms across the board have seen the costs of doing business going up and up in recent years.

The next government must help small businesses to thrive and avoid throwing more barriers – both financial and regulatory – in their way.”

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