While acknowledging that the Government is focusing on delivering a final EU exit deal in accordance with its Brexit strategy, the business support organisation’s managing director Ian Cass believes that a host of domestic issues are being ignored, and the UK’s small businesses are suffering as a consequence.
“An unfortunate amount of time is being spent on internal squabbling and political positioning,” Cass explained.
“In the meantime, small businesses are working to tighter margins than ever, and are dealing with issues such as late payments.
“Additionally, smaller suppliers are being subjected to poor behaviour from their larger customers. There has also been a decline of the high street, and there is a real lack of focus on retail in the Industrial Strategy.”
Commenting on the pubs code as another example of an issue that needs addressing last week, Cass added: “It is also ironic that today (15 June) is Britain’s National Beer Day, and we still have a failing pubs code.
“We also continue to see many pubs and pub tenants in particular going out of business, while the pubs code adjudicator continues to struggle to get to grips with the issue. This affects thousands of small businesses, but seems to be low on the Government's priorities at the moment.”