European Union

The EU is good for business, but needs more flexibility in the future, said the Federation for Small Businesses (FSB) at the European Parliament yesterday.

The FSB appeared in parliament to launch their European election manifesto, which was released to the public today.

The manifesto states that UK firms have benefited from the lifting of trade barriers and free movement of goods and services.

However, it also states that the EU must enact further reforms to ensure that UK SMEs can compete effectively on the global stage.

Mike Cherry, FSB National Policy Chairman, said:

“We want to see measures to accelerate the completion of the Single Market and a more flexible, proportionate approach taken towards regulation that hits small firms hardest, and is often cited by FSB members as a key concern affecting their growth aspirations.”

He went on to say that small firms could be given the best chance to succeed by creating a culture of entrepreneurship and ensuring that major trade deals support small business growth.

The FSB is the UK’s leading business organisation with around 200,000 members. It exists to protect and promote the interests of UK entrepreneurs who run their own businesses.

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