Before the general Election, the Small Business Taskforce – which is comprised of 14 organisations such as the Entrepreneurs Network, Enterprise Nation and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) – set out its priorities for the next government.

In its election manifesto, the Taskforce outlined six critical recommendations to help ‘build a positive and progressive business case for Britain’.

One of the Taskforce’s recommendations is for the incoming government to create a climate that ‘champions the role of small businesses’. It also called for a tax system that works for businesses both big and small.

In addition, the Taskforce recommended the next government take steps to encourage a workforce that is suitable for enterprise, create a more positive benefits and pensions system, and deliver procurement prospects that are advantageous to all businesses.

Head of Enterprise at the ICAEW, Clive Lewis, had this to say:

‘Whatever the outcome on 8 June, the incoming government must provide a solid platform for small businesses to flourish and grow.’

‘Currently businesses are cautious about the future and are holding back on investment, therefore it’s vital that, in the run-up to the General Election, all political parties spell out how they plan to encourage businesses to invest in long-term growth.’

To find out more and read the Small Business Taskforce’s manifesto, please visit the page below.

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