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Notes from your East Sussex FSB chairman

It is regrettable that, following the dramatic recent General Election, a hung Parliament means we are left with more economic uncertainty than was the case before Theresa May decided to go to the polls.

Rest assured, as ever, FSB will engage constructively with all the major parties across the political spectrum and especially seek speedy agreement on trade, EU citizens in our workforce, the future of EU-funded schemes and the business regulatory environment.

Interestingly, prior to the election, a survey of our members showed 76 per cent identifying an issue other than Brexit as their top priority for the next government. 38 per cent viewed investment in infrastructure as a priority and 37 per cent said the same about investing in skills. A high proportion (46 per cent) listed improving support for the self-employed as a key concern.

There are plenty of local issues for us, therefore, to get our teeth into as we continue to engage with our new MP’s, Local Enterprise Partnerships and Council leaders on a pro-business agenda. Issues such as business rate reform and rate relief, addressing the rising costs of doing business and tendering more Government contracts to local firms are examples of what we will advocate for. FSB’s job is to ensure the voice of small business is heard loud and clear.

Darran Hathaway – Regional Chairman, East Sussex