New Labour leader must ‘think small first’

Nia Williams

September 24, 2010

Small businesses are vital to continued economic recovery, yet there are many issues which they face that hinder their growth potential. Through the FSB ‘Voice of Small Business’ survey panel, the views of more than 4,000 members have been collated on various issues which affect them, from broadband speeds, availability of finance and red tape. Key findings show:

• 75% want the UK tax system to be simplified

• 57% are keen to go green and believe that doing so would provide cost savings

• 33% believe too much red tape is hindering the growth of their business

• 63% are unhappy with the speed of their broadband connection and want to see accurate advice from service providers

The FSB is also holding a fringe event on the recently relaunched Keep Trade Local campaign, to highlight the importance of local shops, to local economic recovery.

John Walker, National Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses, said: “The new leader will take the reins of the Labour party at a difficult time, with a Coalition Government and impending political change. It is important however, that the new leader remembers that small businesses are the biggest employer in the UK and that it is they that will take the UK firmly onto the road to recovery.

“The FSB is proud to be the only business organisation that is truly member-led, with the views of members fully-ensconced in policy decision making, and hopes to be able to give the new leader an insight into the life of a small firm and the issues they face at the Conference.”

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