FSB works with parallel organisations to build pan-European SME network

Martin McTague of the FSB

The Federation of Small Businesses today joined around 70 other member organisations from more than 30 European nations as part of SMEunited – an organisation representing national cross-sectoral craft and SME federations across Europe which has worked hard on resolving issues such as late payments and online platforms.

FSB Policy and Advocacy Chairman Martin McTague said: “At a time when our relationship with Europe is undoubtedly changing, joining SMEunited is a sign that no matter what the future partnership with the EU looks like, we’ll continue to be working closely with our neighbours.

“There are many issues we can work together on such as tackling the problem of persistent late payers, helping to limit the cumulative regulatory burden on small businesses as well as improving the law enforcement response to cybercrime.

“I’m sure that membership of SMEunited will be hugely beneficial not only to FSB members but all SMEs across the country and the continent.”

Last month FSB put out a small business plan for Europe, including:

  1. Prohibiting persistent late payers from all future public procurement contracts via a targeted revision of the EU’s Public Procurement Directive.
  2. Ensuring all future and revised trade agreements contain a comprehensive small business chapter.
  3. Making existing skills initiatives and policies more inclusive of smaller businesses and sole traders, helping them to up skill and satisfy their skills demands.
  4. Adopting strict rules on regulatory changes to help limit the cumulative burden on small businesses.
  5. Improving the law enforcement response to cybercrime in the longer term through effective coordination of Member States cyber security and crime agencies.
  6. Developing an EU level framework for women’s enterprise – in an effort to grow and support women’s enterprise.