FSB Comment Issue date: Monday 05 October 2016 The FSB reacts to the Chancellor’s conference speech Following Chancellor George Osborne’s speech to the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, John Allan, National Chairman for the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “The surprise announcement to allow councils to retain Business Rates presents a huge opportunity for local authorities and business to work together to boost local growth, develop a fairer tax system and create the jobs of the future. “We also know there will be challenges to get the new system right. We want to ensure businesses don’t get short-changed. It is essential the new Rates structure works for all our 5.2m small firms.” The FSB has 184 branches across the country and will look forward to working with grassroots government, to help them make the most of this chance to build our economy. Commenting on the new National Infrastructure Commission, John Allan Said: "The Federation of Small Businesses has long called for an integrated transport strategy. We want all political parties to take a long-term strategic view of key infrastructure investment such as transport, energy and broadband, and so we welcome the new commission chaired by Lord Adonis. “The new commission will need to ensure timely delivery of promised investment while making sure all major projects provide contract and sub-contract opportunities for small firms. The commission should also make sure that all contractors maintain the highest standards of payment practises, right the way down their supply chains." View the PDF of this press release.