I have long been a supporter of small businesses and I regularly visit these small businesses across the East of England to hear their issues.
During my time as an MEP, I have worked on removing costly bureaucracy for small companies wanting to raise capital so they can grow, and I have enabled improved international trade opportunities especially by cutting costs for small businesses.
I am currently looking at the digital markets and how to unlock the benefits for small digital companies. I have also campaigned to protect small and micro businesses, particularly online firms, from VAT changes.
Small businesses are the backbone of our economy but often bear the brunt of our legislative bureaucracy. I have successfully campaigned for micro entities to be exempted from EU legislation and a rolling back of red tape. The EU is currently running a consultation on removing red tape for small businesses. If you are a small business and you are dealing with a high-level of bureaucracy, which you consider unnecessary, now is the time to speak up and tell us about it.
The link to the Commission Consultation can be found here.