“Brexit squabbling is hurting UK small businesses and detracting from their issues" says Forum of Private Business

The Forum of Private Business has today warned the government not to ignore existing business issues, following a week of more Brexit squabbling.

While the Forum appreciates the government is focussing on delivering its Brexit strategy and final exit deal, Managing Director Ian Cass believes that lots of domestic issues are being ignored, and that the UK's small businesses are suffering as a result.

Ian Cass said: “An unfortunate amount of time is being spent on internal squabbling and political positioning. In the meantime, small businesses are working to tighter margins than ever, and are dealing with issues such as late payments. Additionally, smaller suppliers are being subjected to poor behaviour from their larger customers. There has also been a decline of the high street, and there is a real lack of focus on retail in the Industrial Strategy.”

Commenting on the Pubs Code as another good example of an issue that needs addressing, Ian Cass added: “It is also ironic that today is Britain’s National Beer Day, and we still have a failing Pubs Code. We also continue to see many pubs and pub tenants in particular going out of business, while the Pubs Code Adjudicator continues to struggle to get to grips with the issue. This effects thousands of small businesses, but seems to be low on the governments priorities at the moment.”

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About Forum of Private Business

The Forum of Private Business is a not-for-profit comprehensive business support organisation founded in 1977. Our membership is spread throughout the UK and primarily made up of companies that employ between 1-50 employees, helping them to manage employees, saving time, giving advice, support and protection where a business needs it. We are a recognised leading authority on business issues and represent the interests of business owners on many consultative bodies. We have built a solid reputation, being influential in many areas of policy-making, in changing laws that affect small businesses, and we continue to campaign for the fair treatment of businesses within the UK. Everything we do is about making sure our members’ businesses operate profitably. This means that every penny we make goes back in to supporting our members, providing the support and resources that will enable businesses to flourish and grow.


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