The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) invited the local Parliamentary candidates to tour St Austell and Truro this week to meet typical small enterprises out in the ‘real world of the small business’.
The aim was to let the businesses speak for themselves and for the candidates to not only hear what was being said to them at each business premises but to absorb all aspects of each environment.
The FSB Cornwall regional chairman, Lorrie Eathorne-Gibbons, commented: “We were delighted with the responses in St Austell and Truro. The Parliamentary Parties listened to the concerns of our members and other businesses. It is the experiences at grass root level which give the real picture of the current economic problems.
“Small businesses are weathering the recession amazingly well but there are some very difficult situations to overcome. Business rates and bureaucracy were major complaints and few will be able to employ more staff in the near future if there is a hike in National Insurance.
“The Candidates were left in no doubt of what is expected of them if elected. Once again the FSB showed we are ‘small business with a big voice for Cornwall’.”