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Across the Pond: What Do Small Businesses Want?

Posted by Nina Kaufman | May 7, 2010
URL: http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/218729
federation-small-biz.jpgIt's deja vu all over again. Or nothing new under the sun . . . ? If you read the political manifestos from the three major parties (Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrats), you'd almost swear you were right at home . . .

I was curious to know where the different parties stood regarding legislation affecting small businesses. So Ron Beadle pointed me to the website of the UK's Federation of Small Businesses--somewhat akin to our National Federation of Independent Business.

Here are the main issues that small businesses are wrestling with:Taxes

Employment

Flexible working and child-care arrangements

Business regulation

Environment/green issues

Local business incentives

The FSB website posted both the manifestos and the summaries on its site (how wonderfully helpful), which I had the chance to, er, skim.  :-) What's surprising is not the ways that the political parties disagree (nu? You'd expect that). But I found intriguing the ways in which they agree. For example:

What would you say are the top policy issues for your federal government?