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General election 2015: What the next UK government should learn from British SMEs’ frustrations

Ahead of the 2015 general election, Real Business rounded up a handful of entrepreneurs and executives to discuss the issues small businesses face from the government, and the changes they would like to see by the next party in power.
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Our previous video feature involved speaking to rapper and label owner Sway, who explained that it’s not all about major firms against independents, with both providing their own mutual benefits in one way or another.

Following that, our new video piece comprises five bite-sized opinions from British entrepreneurs and executives. Real Business spoke to a handful of business figures to discover how they felt about the government’s support of small companies ahead of the general election and what improvements, if any, can be made by the next party in power once the votes have been cast on 7 May.

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Of the support for startups and small businesses, Nick Goode, global commercial director, Sage One, said: “It’s very fragmented. There are incentives, but what’s stopping it from being super easy?”

Speaking of changes, Melanie Porter, a knitwear specialist feels “more support should be given to women when they’re on maternity breaks” rather than “completely hand it over to someone else or shut it down.”

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Meanwhile, Tony Robinson, co-founder of business support network Enterprise Rockers, noted that “they’re absolutely hopeless at understanding how micro business works” and explained just how that can be turned around.

Interior designer Lorna Syson wants to see more simplified language used around tax breaks, rather than using difficult corporate jargon, while Guy Hayler from Crowdfunder wants to see businesses given more encouragement to start their ideas.

Hayler’s remarks fall in line with what SB.TV founder Jamal Edwards said on 29 January about amazing business ideas being “hindered by a lack of belief.”

Check out the video below for the full insights and decide if you agree.


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Zen Terrelonge

Zen Terrelonge is the deputy editor of Real Business, specialising in media, innovation, technology and the digital sector. A media professional with eight years worth of experience he has worked for both startup and established publications.

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