At the time of writing, the election results are freshly in and in all but two constituencies across our region of Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland, the sitting MP was re-elected; in all cases, the sitting party remains the same. However the political landscape has changed and it’s essential that domestic business issues are addressed by national government as well as those relating to Brexit. One key message is, as always, that we need stability and assurance that the importance and needs of SMEs will be recognised.
The snap election gave our region the opportunity to share our members’ concerns with candidates through the FSBs Manifesto- ‘Small Business, Big Ambition’
Our work locally is supported by a rigorous national survey programme, to understand the everyday experiences of business owners and the self-employed. It’s from our local knowledge and this authoritative work that we produce both our regular policy reports and this manifesto.
Every candidate from the main parties was sent our manifesto which was built around five key areas:
You can find the full manifesto at http://www.fsb.org.uk/standing-up-for-you/general-election-2017 . This manifesto provides a task-list for the UK Government to ensure that it is working to support small businesses and the self-employed, and should act as a guide to our local MPs to support small businesses and self-employed in our area.
We now have work to do to ensure MPs are listening to SMEs in their constituency; please get in touch if you would like to share your story or flag an issue, meet your MP, show them around your business, attend a roundtable or otherwise demonstrate how your business needs support in your local constituency and from national government. Please contact Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org.