THE Federation of Small Businesses has called for the small business agenda to be at the forefront of priorities for the next government.
With the delivery of its Business Manifesto to prospective Parliamentary candidates across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, the federation is hoping to highlight the biggest issues facing small businesses in the area.
The manifesto addresses five key areas for the government to focus on: delivering a sustained economic recovery, rebalancing the economy, creating high quality jobs and full employment, making all markets work better, and lowering the costs of doing business.
Neil Eames, development manager at the federation in Hampshire, said: ‘Every day the nation’s entrepreneurs face many challenges to overcome, but overcome them they do and continue to generate jobs and grow the economy.
‘Ahead of the election we have produced a business manifesto based on feedback from small businesses across the UK.
‘It sets out what the next government must do to support small businesses from when they are just starting out, to when they are looking to expand and hire even more staff.
‘We hope to see much of its content considered as the next government is formed.’
The manifesto urges the government to put small businesses at the heart of policymaking by designing policy around the issues it raises.
As well as these key points, the FSB are hoping to bring attention to the most common problems faced by businesses.
These include business rates, less than adequate broadband coverage, and car parking, with the FSB calling for local authorities to treat the service in a business-like way and not merely as a means of raising revenue.
The FSB is a business organisation which exists to protect and promote the interests of the self-employed, and those who run their own business.
The Wessex Region is the largest region of The Federation of Small Businesses and covers Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
It represents around 10,000 FSB members.
More information can be found at fsb.org.uk