With fewer than four weeks until the UK heads to the polls, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), which represents small firms and the self-employed, is today launching it’s Back to Business 2019 manifesto.
In Wales, FSB is calling on the next UK Government to:
• Ensure that funding is protected for Wales and Welsh businesses post-Brexit
• Bring Wales in line with Scotland and Northern Ireland by devolving Air Passenger Duty (APD)
• Commit to the electrification of the south Wales mainline to Swansea and investing in Growth Track 360 in North Wales.
Ben Francis, FSB Wales Policy Chair, said: “For over three years, uncertainty over Brexit has hovered over the economic landscape, distracting policy makers from taking steps to help Wales’ 257,600 small businesses to grow, and in turn boost our economy.
“It’s time to get back to business.
“We are urging all candidates standing at this election to listen to, and make every effort to understand, the challenges faced by small firms in the communities they hope to represent.”
“For some time, FSB Wales has called for UK Government to devolve APD, which has the potential to open up new trade routes for Wales’ businesses and enable them to exploit new opportunities around the world.
“Furthermore, It is vital that the next UK Government end the uncertainty surrounding funding in Wales and commit to Wales receiving the same level of funding post-Brexit, the spending power for which should lie in Wales.”