The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has warned the UK’s political parties that ignoring the demands of its members will be a vote loser.
FSB figures show 97 per cent of all UK businesses employ less than 20 people, making up 58 per cent of the private sector workforce.
Carol Undy, FSB national chairman, called for a “halt in the march of employment regulations” as well as a demand-led overhaul of vocational qualifications.
“At the next general election around 20,000 voters in each constituency will dependent on the success of small businesses for their livelihood,” she said. “Tony Blair, Charles Kennedy and Michael Howard have to recognise small firms are the large businesses of tomorrow.”