Energy costs and broadband telecommunications top list of small firms’ infrastructure issues

Energy costs and access to effective telecommunications, including broadband, are the most important infrastructure issues faced by small businesses, according to new research from the Forum of Private Business. A total of 80% of Forum members responding to the organisation's Referendum survey on ‘Infrastructure for Growth' believe that energy costs are ‘very important' or ‘important', with the same number citing telecommunications and broadband access – seen as a particular problem in rural locations.  The reliability of the energy supply is also a key issue for 75% of respondents, followed by local banking services (73%) and local roads (65%). Other small

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