It is becoming increasingly clear that the Government, Minister’s and MP’s do not fully understand how small businesses work, their challenges and opportunities.
There is a wide variety of small business, their motivations and the way they work, and as UK small businesses make up the largest part of the economy we would like to try and help Government to get closer to small business and understand the needs of this sector as well as the impact of their actions.
The Forum of Private Business wants to encourage members and non-members to sign up to the campaign and open their doors to Ministers and MPs. Let them spend some time working and to fully understand this highly entrepreneurial sector who we will be relying on to “Get Britain Trading”.
The Get Britain Trading campaign is not only for our members but will benefit civil servants who want to understand the impact of changes the government are making to small businesses. As the regulatory policy committee pointed out “too often departments have failed to provide relatively basic evidence such as the proportion of those affected by the regulation that is likely to be small or micro-businesses”.
Finally, Education establishments are being encouraged and funded to fill the skills gaps that exist, many will be able to get closer to small business and see where the needs are first hand
Performance: The Forum want to work with our members to improve business performance and productivity, as well as making, is simpler and fairer to do business in the UK and internally as we work towards leaving the EU.
Trust: The Forum want to encourage trust, reputation and value in British businesses. The Forum’s Hall of Shame highlights bad behaviour that damages trust within a business.
Ethics: The Forum want to continue making sure that our member’s businesses are setting a good example by behaving in an ethical and compliant manner. Working with our Ethical workbook and compliance handbook will be available to all members.
Brexit: We have taken our headline idea from our Brexit 10 point plan published on the 27th June 2016. The Forum wants to ensure that we have an economy that makes it simple for our member’s companies to do business and gives them a level playing field to operate on.
Feedback: The Forum want to be able to provide our Government with clear direct feedback of our member views and fight injustice on their behalf. We will work with Government to make sure that initiatives are kept simple and any changes and actions are communicated clearly to our members.
Partnerships: Forum members are now registering for our Business Partner Scheme, where small businesses open their doors to Ministers, their local MP, civil servants and education establishments to come and work in their business for a few hours.