The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has set up a Brussels office and urged the European Union (EU) to consider small businesses more during its policy making process.
The FSB’s blueprint for small firms in the EU – What can Small Businesses do for Europe? – calls for politicians to support an entrepreneurial spirit.
Matthew Knowles, an FSB representative, told CRN: “Seventy per cent of legislation comes from Brussels. We are concerned by the outlook that policy makers in Brussels have towards small businesses.
“We need to educate policy makers so that SMEs are considered when regulations are passed. We want the EU to see the impact of their policies on small businesses.”
Mike Lawrence, managing director of VAR Bentpenny, said: “Most of the channel is made up of small businesses with less than than 10 employees, and increased legislation is becoming intolerable for them.”
Lawrence added that small businesses are struggling to come to terms with legislation, such as the Restriction of Harzardous Substances directive.
“We need a voice in Brussels when legislation comes up, and the views of small businesses need to be heard,” he said. “We need representation and a voice before legislation is put on tablets of stone, not after.”
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