FSB calls for fair deal for SMEs in 2004

John Walker, chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses policy committee has called on the UK's top civil servants to support small firms in 2004.


John Walker, chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses policy committee has called on the UK’s top civil servants to support small firms in 2004.

John Walker, chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses policy committee has called on the UK’s top civil servants to support small firms in 2004.

In his New Year message Walker explained that “while large companies are busy sending jobs abroad – it is the small firms sector that, when nurtured, will continue to create jobs in the UK. It is increasingly the case that civil servants have an important role to play in advising politicians on the best course of action to ensure economic prosperity in addition to social justice for the UK,” Walker continued.

Among the proposals made in the message were calls to speed up the clearing of cheques, provide official recognition for in-house training and ensure that local authorities are not in a position to overtly compete with business rate payers.

Walker also says corporate law should be properly enforced in order to guarantee that large companies are forced to declare their invoice payment records and that the European Commission takes in to account “the special needs of SMEs” when introducing new directives.

“A number of our messages are well worth pursuing and we shall also be asking politicians from all sides of the party spectrum to look closely at our proposals, especially given the cumulative burden of regulations adversely affecting small businesses,” Walker concluded.

(31/12/03)

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