THE latest issue of the Centre of Enterprise’s IMPACT magazine - an election special - features small business research, policy analysis and opinion from influential business figures in the North West.
Ahead of next week’s election, this issue throws into focus the most pressing issues for small businesses and features views from some leading business organisations from the North West.
They have surveyed North West high-growth businesses and found that business rates and small business taxation are currently the biggest barrier to growth, and the area where policy change is most urgently required. Comments expressed include: 'change the business rates system so that they are re-evaluated and do not punish small businesses that wish to grow their business and premises'.
The issue also has comments from four of the North West LEP Chairs, who talk about what policies will have the greatest impact in their areas and what they are doing to support business. They are all keen for more businesses to get involved in the regions and highlight some of the opportunities available.
Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive, Clive Memmott and Mike Perls, Chair of the NW Institute of Directors, talk about the issues facing the North West and the implications of continued devolution to the region.
Commenting on this edition of IMPACT, Professor Lynn Martin, Director of the Centre for Enterprise said: "When the election campaign is in full swing it is important that the real issues are not lost in the rhetoric.
“We have spoken to high-growth businesses from across the North West and there are many issues where they feel policy change is needed. This has been backed up by the comments we are hearing from business organisations.
"I hope that whatever the election outcome, the next government takes swift action to address the concerns we've highlighted in IMPACT and supports our vital small business community."