FSB calls for “pro-business” policies

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The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has welcomed today’s announcement that Covid Plan B restrictions are set to be eased in England next week.

FSB national chair, Mike Cherry, said SMEs across the country will be hoping that it marks the beginning of a “final winding down of trading restrictions”.

“We would now urge everyone to get behind small firms – be that on a commute, whilst working from home, online, or in-person – as they work night and day to recover from another incredibly stressful festive season,” he said.

“Equally, it’s important to respect the house rules that each individual small firm has implemented to keep its customers and staff safe – many have invested thousands in making premises more secure.

“Small firms and sole traders stand ready to spur our economic recovery from this recession as they did the last. After new import checks took effect this month, however, they are now staring down the barrel of a jobs tax hike, a dividend taxation increase and business rates bills landing in April.

“The Government should be looking at policies that will empower small businesses and start-ups to get our economy firing on all cylinders again. In an environment where inflation is surging, and the labour market is exceptionally tight, hiking an indiscriminate tax on job creation is not one of them.”