Small Business Taskforce manifesto calls on next government to promote prosperity and fairness for all

The Small Business Taskforce, of which National Enterprise Network is a member, is asking the next government to back small British businesses. The Taskforce are making six recommendations to deliver a more productive economy and fairer society. Small firms are well placed to build an economy that works for everyone, in all places of the UK. […]

The Small Business Taskforce, of which National Enterprise Network is a member, is asking the next government to back small British businesses.

The Taskforce are making six recommendations to deliver a more productive economy and fairer society.

Small firms are well placed to build an economy that works for everyone, in all places of the UK. They need the support of the winning government to achieve this.

In summary, the recommendations are:

1. Provide an environment which champions the role of small businesses

  • Recognise the positive and powerful role played by SMEs in the UK
  • Ensure ministerial commitment with appointment of a small business minister

2. Provide a taxation system supportive of all businesses, large and small

  • Commit to a stable and certain tax system that encourages business investment and growth
  • Ensure that a digital tax system puts the need of businesses first
  • The tax system is far too complicated and needs radical simplification

3. Provide business support which is collaborative and adds value

  • Champion public/private partnerships in business support
  • Launch Export Vouchers
  • Re-instate Spaces for Growth programme
  • Support the creation of a single site for SMEs

4. Provide a pensions and benefits system that supports when needed

  • Consider viability of pension enrolment for self-employed
  • Review impact of Universal Credit on start-up success

5. Provide procurement opportunities which work for all

  • Change government SME procurement target
  • Expand remit of the small business commissioner

6. Provide a workforce that’s equipped for enterprise

  • Expand provision of digital skills and basic skills in numeracy and literacy
  • Build entrepreneurship into the school curriculum

For more detail on the recommendations download the full manifesto from the Small Business Taskforce