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FSB launches manifesto for small business

Britain's biggest business representation group, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), has published its own General Election manifesto.

The FSB manifesto 'Small Business, Big Ambition' focuses on a number of key themes and calls on whoever wins the votes to help:

• secure a pro-business Brexit;

• create a level playing field for small businesses;

• improve working lives;

• build opportunity in every area of the UK and

• drive down the costs of doing business.

Ken Simpson, the FSB chairman for Gloucestershire and the West of England, said it was vital all candidates and parties put the needs of the small business community at the heart of their thinking

"This election is incredibly important for small businesses and the self-employed," he said.

"Our manifesto includes clear asks about how to make sure businesses can be confident in Brexit, how we can level the playing field to give a fair chance to SMEs and how Government can help ensure better jobs and careers."

Mr Simpson said the manifesto also called for direct action from Government on issues of vital importance to small businesses such as late payment and the support offered to the self-employed.

"Small firms are too often paid late by larger firms, so we hope whoever is elected will be able to address this challenge, as well as making sure there is a level playing field in markets like insurance and on pensions for the self-employed.

"The self-employed in particular often get a raw deal, missing out on both Government benefits, including proper maternity pay, and the security of employed work. Our next raft of local MPs should address this, and not repeat the recent mistake of singling out the self-employed for tax rises."

Anyone wishing to read the FSB manifesto can find it at .

Picture: Regional FSB chairman Ken Simpson

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