Politicians failing to woo the smallest traders
More than two out of five micro-businesses believe that none
of the UK’s political parties understand their needs, reveals new research.
A YouGov poll of more than 500 people who run businesses with five or fewer employees shows that 42% of respondents feel no UK political party best understands the needs of the small business sector.
Only 25% of people felt that the Conservative party understood small business needs - while 9% felt UKIP was the most understanding party, 9% felt that Labour was the most understanding and just 3% believed that the Liberal Democrats were most supportive of the small business sector.
Ed Molyneux, boss of online accounting firm FreeAgent, which commissioned the research said: “This research shows there is clearly a split among small business owners when it comes to determining which party has the best interests of the micro-business sector at heart.
“But it’s also interesting to see that more than a third of
people who were polled feel that not a single one of the UK’s political parties
properly understand small businesses.”
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21st March 2013