FSB North East urges politicians to become SME champions

The Federation of Small Business in the North East is asking European Parliament candidates to do what they can to help small businesses

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The FSB North East is asking politicians to help small businesses

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. The organisation is calling on the next Parliament of the European Union to reduce the effects of burdensome laws on the smallest businesses, create 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.”

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