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FSB says small businesses need help to grow

By mbarber  |  Posted: January 31, 2014

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THE local branch of the Federation of Small Businesses is calling for Government focus on encouraging small businesses to develop.

The FSB says the time is right for small firms to seize opportunities to create a successful and vibrant Britain. The FSB believes policymakers increasingly recognise the vital contribution small businesses make to the economy and society. But more can be done to help, such as reforming business rates, improving access to finance and looking at how small firms can have a clear voice within Government.

The FSB is calling for Government to consider the Small Business Administration model from the USA, which brings together business support, export advice, public procurement and access to finance together in one powerful body and which importantly through its place at the Cabinet table, has a strong voice at the heart of Government.

Neil Eames, development manager for the FSB Wessex Region, said: “The UK must be more positive and supportive towards its businesses, and recognise the contribution responsible businesses make. Through what has been one of the worst ever global downturns, our local small firms have shown resilience, continuing to employ and putting plans in place for growth. We must create a culture that celebrates their success, the benefits they bring to society and remove the stigma of business failure.”

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