Businesses SLAM Government: ‘Theresa May Is IGNORING Us!’
94% of small and medium-sizes businesses feel that the government is ignoring their concerns about Brexit, a recent poll has shown.
Of 653 business polled by accounting firm Moore Stephens, only 41 said that they feel Ministers are listening to their concerns.
Moore Stephens said that this shows how the government must work harder to listen to businesses and ensure that Britain gets a Brexit deal which protects the interests of British business.
The majority of owner-managed businesses also said that the shape of Brexit negotiations was their biggest concern this year, far ahead of other concerns such as skills shortages (41 per cent), cyber attacks (29 per cent) and increased regulation (28 per cent).
Mark Lamb, a partner at Moore Stephens said: “Whilst banks and other big businesses have the influence to lobby the Government for their own special Brexit clauses, there are concerns that small businesses will be forgotten about.
“Business owners are hugely concerned about what Brexit might mean for them. The Government must take their needs seriously when negotiating the exit deal.
“Brexit could potentially impact on an enormous number of issues affecting owner-managed businesses in the UK, from import and export costs, to access to labour, and grants and subsidies. Businesses have been given very little clarity so far on what effect Brexit might have on any of these issues.
“Businesses thrive on certainty – it allows them to invest, scale up, take on more orders and expand their workforces. If the Government does not give them clear indications of what they can expect once the UK has left the European Union, it will be very difficult for many of them to invest in their growth.”