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02 February 2016

PM message to FSB: 'We want you to be bigger and better'

FSB is a key partner that helps make the UK "the best place in the world to start, finance and grow a business," David Cameron has told members.

He said it was the reason why ministers wanted to help smaller businesses "be even bigger and better".

In a recorded message to FSB's policy conference, the prime minister said: "Britain’s small businesses make a huge impact on all our lives. 

 "You create the jobs we rely on, the growth we need – you’re the focal points of our communities.

 "That’s why we in Government want to help you be even bigger and better."

Mr Cameron said ministers were working through a long-term economic plan "that’s cutting taxes, slashing red tape, delivering infrastructure and boosting exports.

"But to go even further, Government, business leaders, the Federation of Small Businesses and its members need to work together," he said.

"And that’s what this policy conference is all about - taking on the challenges, like the skills gap, the problems with finance, the regions that are not fulfilling their potential, and turning them into opportunities for more apprenticeships and work placements; more access to funding; and a rebalanced economy.

"The FSB is a brilliant partner and a formidable champion for small firms, start-ups and sole traders – all 5.4 million of them.

"Your evidence and input into policy-making is invaluable.

"Small businesses are not only the engine room of our economy, they’re key partners in helping us make this the best place in the world to start, finance and grow a business."

He added: "So let me wish you a productive and enjoyable conference - and I look forward to seeing and hearing about what you come up with."

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