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05 October 2016

FSB raises concern over 'name and shame' responsibilities


  • Welcome Prime Minister pledge to FSB members and small businesses on broadband
  • Welcome steps on social mobility and apprenticeships in areas that need it most

Commenting on the Conservative Party Conference, including Prime Minister Theresa May's speech in Birmingham, Mike Cherry, National Chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses, said

“We welcome the Prime Minister's commitment to improving access to high-speed broadband for small businesses, which is vital to their success. However, the Government must get on and make a decision on airport capacity in the South East, which has been delayed for far too long.  Progress on HS2 and Hinckley Point must be matched with smaller scale local investment.

"British business is concerned at moves to 'name and shame' firms that employ workers from other nations. Fundamentally, the U.K. has been a global magnet for talent and this must be considered by Ministers.  The ability to hire the right people for the right job is paramount, and we will be championing this in the upcoming consultation. We also do not want to see small business owners turned into immigration officers nor encumbered by new bureaucracy.  Our members will seek confirmation that entrepreneurs and the self-employed from other countries will remain welcome, as they contribute to the economic growth we all want to see.

“Yesterday, we were delighted to be part of Secretary of State Justine Greening's announcement on the Opportunity Areas initiative.  This presents a real chance to boost the employment prospects of young people in areas that are most in need of support, enhancing social mobility, for example through improving access to new apprenticeships.

“An economy for everyone, that embraces family businesses and the self-employed, must include the 99 per cent of UK's small businesses. Our members are the driving force of the economy and lynchpin of local communities."