New Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking to hear the views of the UK small businesses today (Thursday) at a business summit in Westminster. Having described SMEs as the ‘Backbone of the economy’, Mrs May says she will be looking to hear the concerns of small businesses in the wake of the vote to leave the EU.
The former home secretary added: “I want to build an economy that works for all, and that means working with, and listening to, smaller firms.
“The priorities I have set: a more productive, skilled workforce; an economy balanced across the UK and open to new opportunities, can only be achieved if we listen to these businesses.
“They are a fundamental part of my vision of building a country that works for everyone, not just the privileged few.
‘Getting the economy firing’
“I also want those firms, across all the sectors of our economy, to be able to take advantage of the opportunities presented by Brexit, such as exporting to new destinations.
“I’ll be asking them for their views on how we get our whole economy firing ahead of Brexit.”
Mike Cherry, national chairman, Federation of Small Businesses, who will be present at the summit, said continued access to the European market is critical: “Our members want access to European markets, the ability to hire the right people, reassurance on key EU-funded schemes and a new approach to both regulation and de-regulation.”