FSB’s regional chairman, Graham Buck became is a media star, appearing twice on regional television in the run up to the general election. Graham was asked in twice to come to the BBC’s Cambridge studio to talk about what small businesses are asking from the a new government. He appeared both on the Sunday Politics Show and Look East, before the Big Cambridge Debate.
Graham talked in detail about the issues that are affecting small businesses, including business rates and support for the self-employed.
Graham said: “Businesses in the region are up against spiralling business costs, a vastly complex regulatory regime and a communications infrastructure in urgent need of investment. The next Government must show from day one that it’s on the side of the small firms that drive the economy forward. Brexit talks will no doubt form the backdrop of the next Parliament, but it’s vital that the Government doesn’t overlook domestic issues.
“We need to see the tax system simplified, commitment to an ambitious Industrial Strategy and a fundamental review of the regressive business rates system.
“Then there’s the entrepreneurial army of self-employed workers in this region, now 200,000 strong. The next Government must rule out any tax grab on these hard workers who spur growth right across the region.”
Despite losses for the conservative party across the country, in our region there was little change, with only one seat lost in Bedford where Labour’s Mohammed Yasin replaced standing MP, Richard Fuller .
There was also a change of MP in Hitchin and Harpenden when veteran MP Peter Lilly stood down and Bim Afolami won the seat for the Conservatives.
The FSB looks forward to working with both new MPs.