Yesterday saw a delegation led by the FSB to Downing St to discuss the importance of boosting business confidence post-Brexit. Mike Cherry, FSB national chairman, led the group to meet chancellor Phillip Hammond, said: “Small businesses are the key to driving economic growth and prosperity across the nations and regions of the UK. While small firms are proving resilient, we want to see some important decisions made by this new government, and the new chancellor is clearly going to be a major player.
“FSB members raised important issues facing their businesses directly with the chancellor, on how to take forward the government’s agenda around skills, infrastructure, regional investment, and tax. We also raised the importance of the Treasury under his leadership now delivering the business rates reforms announced in the March Budget 2016.”
‘High quality business broadband is crucial to my business’
The delegation included a number of SME business owners, one of whom, Nathalie Christmann-Cooper, owner of TreatOut said: “It was brilliant, through FSB, to get the chance to come and speak to those in power – and show the Chancellor the potential impact of some big decisions we really want to see taken. I raised the issue of delivering high-quality business broadband, which is so crucial to my business and those I work with. We need to see the Universal Service Obligation delivered as a priority.”
The delegation want to see announcements at party conferences and in the Autumn Statement that back small business, creating a simplified and modern tax system for the 21st century – one that enables growth, promotes business activity and makes it easy to set yourself up in business.