The challenge for small businesses

marrIts rather dispiriting when men and women who are supposedly advocates of business and its capacity to employ people and make profits which in turn creates taxes that fund the economy, seem to have forgotten what their role is. On Sunday morning Andrew Marr gave two such people the opportunity to help him make sense of the news and sadly they completely fluffed it. Like two roses sitting either side of the thorn that is Jane Moore, Sun journalist there was Carolyn Fairbairn who is Director General of the CBI and John Longworth who is now Chairman of Vote Leave business council, but was Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce from September 2011 till March this year when he was sacked because he would not toe the BCC line of neutrality on the Referendum. Although it is inevitable that Longworth would bring his Vote Leave point of view into the studio, having earned a great deal from his work at BCC it would not have been unreasonable for him to remember his former constituents. It was clear from their invitation together that business was one element of the debate that they shared some common ground on. However they both seemed unable to do any more than suggest things post Brexit will be better than they are currently and in Johns case he was keen to point out that in his view, businesses were talking down the economy. One of the other guests on the show, Philip Hammond was just as useless in telling us that he was not willing to lay out any of the objectives for the Brexit settlement apart from getting the best for Britain which is about as useful as telling us that storm Angus was bringing rain and wind to the UK! All of us are impacted by the currency changes and as I have written previously our suppliers are sending regular price updates thanks to that vote in June. Things are not as turbulent as Angus, but vague words are completely useless!


About ianchisnall

I have a passion to see public policy made accessible everyone who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as in policies on health services and strategic planning.
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