European candidates urged to become 'voice of small business'

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is to host husting for North East European Parliament candidates

FSB North East regional chairman Ted Salmon
FSB North East regional chairman Ted Salmon

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in the North East is calling on all candidates in the forthcoming European Parliament elections to be the voice of small businesses in the European Union.

This is the message FSB members and guests will be putting to the region’s candidates at a European hustings event on Tuesday, April 29, at Hardwick Hall.

FSB members are calling on the next Parliament of the European Union to:

* break down barriers in the Single Market and reduce the effects of burdensome laws on the smallest businesses

* give small firms the best chance to be successful by creating a culture of entrepreneurship and

* ensure important trade deals like the upcoming EU-US negotiations support the growth aspirations of small firms

Confirmed attendees from the political parties are Judith Kirton Darling (Labour), Martin Callanan (Conservative), Angelika Schneider (Liberal Democrat) and Phillip Broughton (UKIP).

Ted Salmon, FSB North East regional chairman, said: “We’re delighted that the potential future MEPs in the North East have agreed to take part in our hustings event on April 29.

“Small businesses are critical to the sustained economic recovery in the North East and the wider European economy.

“Our event is a great opportunity for businesses to put questions on how their future representatives will ensure that they champion small businesses in the European Union.

“North East firms have benefited from the lifting of trade barriers and the free movement of goods and services that stem from the creation of the Single Market.

“However, the EU needs to reform further to ensure our businesses are able compete with emerging powers in today’s global economy.

“We want to see measures to accelerate the completion of the Single Market and a more flexible, proportionate approach taken towards regulation that hits small firms hardest, and is often cited by FSB members as a key concern affecting their growth aspirations.”

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