FSB South Wales Regional Chairman Janet Jones asks, what should the new UK Government do first for small businesses?
As the new UK Government settles into its role following the UK General Election, the Ministers must focus on what their priorities will be for the coming months and years.
After several weeks of polls, pledges and manifestos, we are now looking to the UK Government to see how they will work for small businesses across South Wales.
The new UK Government has the opportunity to begin this new term as they mean to go on and to be the most innovative and more business friendly than ever before.
To do this, the UK Government must start to deliver on the key business issues for Wales.
Before the General Election, small businesses told FSB Wales that the next UK Government needs to prioritise regional growth across every area of Wales. To develop regional economies, the UK Government should look to projects such as the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon. Tidal Lagoon Power made an early commitment to a localised supply chain, and the project has regenerative potential for Swansea and the surrounding area. FSB Wales has urged the UK Government to give this project the go-ahead.
The Prime Minister also committed to scrapping the Severn Bridge Tolls during the General Election campaign. It is now imperative that the UK Government takes action on this as soon as possible so that the financial benefit can be passed on to businesses which rely on the Severn Crossing.
We look forward to working with the UK Government on these and many other issues, ensuring that small businesses in South Wales are given the best support possible.