19th February 2014


South West MEP Ashley Fox recently supported the launch of the election manifesto for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in the European Parliament in Brussels. Ahead of the European elections on 22 May 2014, the FSB has set out how candidates can be the voice of small businesses, if elected in just under 100 days’ time. FSB members want MEPs to:


  • ‘Think Small First' throughout the whole policy cycle by breaking down barriers in the Single Market and reducing the effects of burdensome laws on the smallest businesses
  • Give small firms the best chance to be successful by creating a culture of entrepreneurship
  • Ensure important trade deals like the upcoming EU-US negotiations support the growth aspirations of small firms.


Ashley said:fsb manifesto launch fb

“Small firms are driving Europe’s recovery and I have pledged to ‘Think Small First’. It is vital that the decisions we take in Brussels promote economic growth, trade and encourage more people to start up their own business. As an MEP, I will carefully consider the impact of regulation on the smallest businesses.”


Mike Cherry, FSB National Policy Chairman, said:

“I was delighted to be joined by Ashley at our event. It is important that MEPs and candidates across the UK make the case that the EU is good for business but needs more flexibility for the future, so our businesses can compete with emerging powers in today's global economy.”

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