Forum of Private Business calls for chancellor to improve employability skills for school leavers in Autumn Statement

HR Editorial , 23 Nov 2011

small business

A number of key issues affecting small business “must be addressed” by Government in Tuesday’s Autumn Statement if the economy is to grow next year, according to the Forum of Private Business (FPB).

The FPB has written to business secretary, Vince Cable; small business minister, Mark Prisk; and chancellor, George Osborne - who will deliver the statement next week - outlining its main arguments for change.

In line with the Forum's Get Britain Trading campaign, the lobbying group wants to see the Government take action in a number of crucial areas, including education and training, export, tax, finance, and bank lending.

If trading conditions for smaller businesses improve, the Forum believes the SME sector will be able to deliver growth in the wider UK economy and provide much-needed jobs to rein in spiralling unemployment.

The Forum's letter asks for a focus on schools to improve employability and a greater business voice in how skills money is spent.

The Forum's chief executive Phil Orford, said: "Following the announcement in the summer of the second stage of the Growth Review as part of the Autumn Statement, the Forum has consulted widely with our members and taken part in policy discussion across Government.

"The policy proposals outlined in the letter to ministers, which will support not just our members but the UK's wider small business community, have been formed by these discussions and are largely aimed at helping SMEs trade profitably in the coming year."


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