With a minority Government forming following the 2017 general election, FSB has severe reservations about the uncertainty caused to business and the UK economy.
During the campaign, FSB has been in close dialogue with all candidates upon its 2017 manifesto and this included a pro-business Brexit, supporting trade, talent and orderly transition.
Mike Cherry, National Chairman said “It is important to go into the Brexit talks from a position of strength, focused on getting the best deal possible for trade and access to workers and skills. Negotiations should be led by a government and a Prime Minister that will be in place for the duration, and so we call for a delay to the scheduled start of negotiations rather than a rush.”
Domestically, FSB will be building support in the House of Commons against any National Insurance hike on the self-employed and will continue demands for a rethink on mandatory quarterly tax reporting and business rate reform. In the short term FSB wants to ensure business rates relief is granted in deserving cases to those most affected by this year’s revaluation.
Across East Sussex, Brighton and Hove, the mixed picture of re-elected and newly elected MPs has reinvigorated FSB’s effort to maintain the dialogue began during the election campaigning. Clive Soper, Regional Policy Chairman said, “All Parliamentary candidates received our manifesto and we are continuing to meet with new MPs to discuss how it applies locally in their constituencies. Support for a modern road and rail infrastructure continues to be top of the agenda.”
Martin Searle, East Sussex Development Manager commented “Our MP’s recognise that our region’s economy depends upon the success of its smaller businesses. It is our job to turn that support into something tangible, for instance, reduced utility costs, support for independent shops on our High Streets, fairer business rates, faster broadband speeds and funding free business advice.”