The Federation of Small Businesses has warmly received the European Commission’s new small business-friendly trade strategy.
Commenting on the European Commission’s publication of a new trade strategy, FSB national chairman John Allan says, ‘Today we welcome the European Commission’s new trade strategy which includes a dedicated focus on small businesses.
‘As the FSB has consistently argued, the ‘think small first’ principle must drive this strategy. This will help ensure small businesses have the tailored support and guidance they need to export and take full advantage of EU free trade agreements (FTA).’
Allan adds that, after calling for this measure for some time, the FSB is pleased the proposal includes a provision for small and medium-sized enterprises in all new EU trade agreements.
‘We encourage the EU negotiators to push for inclusion of a small business chapter, which was an important precedent that started with the EU-US FTA (TTIP).’
Other encouraging measures include the proposals to work closer with member states to provide information and guidance to small businesses who may want to export, and a commitment to continually engage with both small businesses and organisations that represent small businesses, Allan says.
‘It is also good to see a plan for dedicated websites with support and advice to help small firms take advantage of access to these new foreign markets.
‘The FSB looks forward to working with Commissioner Malstrom and the European Commission to ensure this focus on small business continues, and to see the successful development and implementation of this trade strategy that leads to tangible results.’