Sound bite: “You are the lifeblood of our economy – the engine that helps drive our growth”
-Extend the Funding for Lending Scheme, to work with the Bank of England, to make it easier for small businesses to borrow money
Increase the time small businesses have to claim Small Business Rate Relief until March 2016
Freeze fuel duty for another year
Introduce a Small and Micro Business Assessment, so businesses with fewer than 50 employees are exempt from all new regulations.
Prioritise small businesses for any business tax cuts
Ed Miliband, Labour party leader
Overall theme: To create a dialogue with small businesses
Sound bite: “To place small businesses in the heart of the Government"
Freeze energy prices until 2017, so “costs can only fall” as retailers have not seen the decrease in energy prices that their suppliers have
Abolish rolling energy contracts that happen without consent
Establish a Small Business Administration, similar to America, but he has not promised that the leader will have a place in the cabinet.
To cut business rates this year and then freeze the next, saving an estimated £400 for 1.5million businesses
To make the HMRC treat large and small companies equally by making taxes fair between the two
The national minimum wage will be increased to £8 an hour.
A crack down on zero-hour contracts that continue for months at a time.
So, who gets your vote..?
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