Opinion Poll Finds Small Businesses Unimpressed by UK Political Parties

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4th April 2013 16:50 - Central Government


A poll by YouGov which questioned more than 500 people who run businesses with five or fewer employees has discovered that the general feeling amongst this demographic is that none of the UK’s current political parties understand their needs.

More than two out of five micro-firms (42%) had this view – they felt that no UK political party is on-point in addressing the small business sector.

Only 25% of the respondents polled think that the Conservative party is on top of small business’s needs, while 9% thought that Labour is the most understanding party and the same proportion voted for UKIP. Furthermore, just 3% believe that the Liberal Democrats are the best supporters of the small enterprise sector.

The poll findings, commissioned by online accounting firm FreeAgent, follow George Osborne's unveiling of a "tax cut" for the business community, however small companies with profits of less than £300,000 will not be eligible for a tax rate reduction.

Ed Molyneux at FreeAgent commented: “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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