FSB vows to put small firms at heart of EU reform

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) says it will champion small businesses in the EU referendum campaign.
It made the announcement following its visit to 10 Downing Street today (Wednesday, February 17) where it contributed to a business roundtable on EU reform.
Mike Cherry, policy director for the FSB, said: “It’s very clear what our members want from the Prime Minister’s EU negotiations and from the wider EU reform agenda. Small firms seek measures to boost cross-border trade and economic growth – the completion of the single market, simplification of VAT, a smarter approach to regulation and protection of the UK opt-out from the Working Time Directive.
“The Prime Minister has written to FSB in response to our calls and we welcome the drive to improve EU competitiveness and place smaller businesses at the heart of reform.
“As we approach the referendum, FSB members will seek practical and impartial evidence on the impact on their businesses of remaining within or leaving the EU. We will be putting questions directly to both the leave and remain campaign groups once they are appointed by the Electoral Commission, and demanding the information that smaller businesses owners need before casting their vote.”