FSB sets out small business agenda

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The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is urging the Government to ensure economic stability at this time of uncertainty.

The FSB has outlined key asks to Government in the EU negotiations.

FSB national chairman, Mike Cherry, said: “FSB will be the voice of smaller businesses in the EU negotiations, starting with Business Secretary Sajid Javid’s business summit tomorrow (Tuesday).

“As soon as the EU Referendum results were clear, FSB called on the Government and the Bank of England to provide economic stability, for small firms to get the confidence to continue to drive economic growth and create jobs.

“In this business summit, I will continue to push for immediate action to reassure small businesses so they can continue to trade and do business.

“Smaller firms need simple access to the single market, the ability to hire the right people, continued EU funding for key schemes and clarity on the future regulatory framework. This is crucial to ensure economic growth and job creation.

“FSB will continue to be a constructive partner in these negotiations and push for swift clarity on these crucial questions. We will seek to ensure that the confidence of the UK’s 5.4 million small businesses, which is already at its lowest level since 2013, does not fall any further. Next week, FSB will discuss this issue with members from across the UK at our regional policy conference.”