Responding to the Queen’s Speech, Phil Orford, MBE, Chief Executive of the Forum of Private Business, said,
“The Queens Speech is the topline list of goals for the Government in the final parliamentary term. There is nothing overly ambitious for businesses but the presence of a Small Business Bill will mean a number of smaller measures that could support enterprise. We need to await the real detail of the Bills clause by clause and will see what opportunities there are to push for even more pro business reforms.
"We also need to ensure the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill contains some proactive measures to support the battle against late payment. We are also supportive of a pub adjudicator though feel there are further measures government could take to bolster pub landlords, not least by providing a free of beer tie.”