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FSB's Small Business Plan for Europe 

The time following the result of the 2016 referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU has seen unparalleled levels of debate regarding the UK’s relationship with the rest of Europe. With Brexit uncertainty continuing, this debate now looks set to extend further with the UK’s participation in the 2019 European Parliament elections.

Our Small Business Plan is based upon our in-depth policy research, survey data, and analysis informed by the expertise and experience of our membership. It informs candidates of all the major parties across Europe, as well as the incoming European Commission, of the issues of importance for the small business community.

While our relationship with Europe is at a crossroads, and still very much undecided, the EU as a whole finds itself at a unique point in its history. The challenges of increased global competition, profound technological change including greater digitalisation, and building the workforce of tomorrow in the midst of major demographic shifts are issues businesses across Europe, and not just here in the UK, grapple with on a daily basis.

Our Small Business Plan for Europe offers a way to deliver for this community as well as small businesses across the continent. It is a guide for all European parties and candidates to help to:

Enhance productivity Boost growth through international trade and access to finance Increase resilience against security threats and crime Promote diversity, inclusion and prosperity for all


If policymakers adopt our calls for action in this Small Business Plan, we can help the 5.6 million small businesses in the UK and the 23.8 million total small businesses across the EU to grow and flourish.