Firms have their say on priorities for government

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SMALL business owners have expressed their views on what should be a top priority for the government.

In a survey of 2,327 small firms, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) found that more than a third wanted a sustained economic recovery to be the top priority.

Development manager Neil Eames said: ‘This response from FSB members shows first and foremost businesses want stability and certainty.

‘This requires putting public finances on a sound footing, and then for ministers to give a comprehensive vision for how they will support enterprise followed by a clear timetable for when they will deliver it.’

Other priorities for business owners were lowering the cost of doing business and ensuring growth in every nation and region of the UK.

‘Over the five years of this parliament, our members’ top priorities are to lighten the burdens of regulation and tax, reform broken business rates, support the development and skills of young people, and improve broadband and mobile connectivity,’ said Mr Eames.

When asked what issues they would like the government to focus on over the next five years, well over half said they wanted ministers to reduce regulatory burdens.

Members also called for tax system simplification and were clear that reforming business rates and improving the employability of young people were important benchmarks for the next five years.

Mr Eames said: ‘We look forward to meeting with Ministers to discuss how we can help make this happen and continue to foster the economic conditions which allow enterprise to flourish.’