Small Business Manifesto 2007

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called on all candidates for the upcoming local elections to keep small businesses at the forefront of their policy and manifesto planning. To ensure that council candidates can manage local government in a way that will defend small employers and their employees in their area, the FSB has published a manifesto for the elections.
Read on for more information on the FSB manifesto 2007...


The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called on all candidates for the upcoming local elections to keep small businesses at the forefront of their policy and manifesto planning. To ensure that council candidates can manage local government in a way that will defend small employers and their employees in their area, the FSB has published a manifesto for the elections.
Read on for more information on the FSB manifesto 2007…

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called on all candidates for the upcoming local elections to keep small businesses at the forefront of their policy and manifesto planning.

The UK’s largest business organisation reminded councils that ‘12 million people are employed by small firms, that their taxes fund local authority activity and maintain vibrant high streets across the country.’

To ensure that council candidates can manage local government in a way that will defend small employers and their employees in their area, the FSB has published a manifesto for the elections. This outlines how decisions at a local level impact on small businesses and the self-employed, which that nationally make up 58 per cent of the private sector workforce and produce 50 per cent of UK GDP.

Roger Culcheth, FSB local government chairman, comments: ‘Decisions taken by local authorities have a direct impact on everybody’s lives, including the livelihoods of small business owners and their employees.

‘Local branches of the FSB across the country will be engaging with their prospective councillors. Our manifesto will ensure candidates from all parties get the message that thriving small businesses are vital to successful local communities. Untapped small business potential can be unleashed for the benefit of all through excellent two-way interaction with councils.’

The Small Business Manifesto 2007 has eight key areas, with the following recommendations:

Finance – Greater promotion of small business rate relief and hardship relief; Local Authority Business Growth Initiative awards used to benefit business; the impact on small businesses of local authority trading and charges assessed

Procurement – Commitment to the Small Business Friendly Concordat, a voluntary agreement offering guidance for good practice; less aggregation of public procurement contracts; more accountability on e-procurement

Regulation – An end to over-zealous enforcement; support for the Enforcement Concordat, a voluntary agreement offering guidance for good enforcement practice

Transport – Affordable town centre parking; reduced impact of road works, sufficient funding for the road network

Business waste – Measures to prevent illegal waste dumping; a suitable waste infrastructure; clarification of WEEE rules

Crime and community safety – Local Strategic Partnerships (LSPs) must make tackling crime a priority; Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships must address business crime; planning regulations must not penalise crime prevention measures

Planning – Development plans reflecting small business needs; faster planning application process; clearer planning guidance

Consulting business – Genuine budget consultation in the business community; improved involvement opportunities; LSPs engaged with business.

The FSB’s local government manifesto for the 2007 local elections can be found by clicking here.

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