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Small Business, Big Ambition

FSB General Election Manifesto 2017 #FSB2017

FSB Small Business Manifesto 2017

The General Election called for 8th June is a huge opportunity for FSB to run our own campaign that gets wins for our members.

The centrepiece of this work is the FSB’s new business manifesto – Small Business, Big Ambition.  The first audience for this is primarily the political parties, and published early so that we get some of our asks into their own manifesto.  FSB launched it by joining forces with the Sun, who brought their White Van Man (who helped us halt the big tax hike on the self-employed) and drove it directly to Downing Street and Parliament.  There was no better way to deliver what our members want to the corridors of power!

The second audience is candidates standing in the election itself – more than 3,000 people standing in 650 constituencies.  Locally, FSB will be sharing the manifesto with candidates as they are selected (many are still not in place).  Guidance has already been drafted and sent to all field staff network to make sure that FSB fiercely protects our independence throughout the campaign.

From 15th May, FSB’s ‘pre-election period’ begins.  Some local election events will be held by FSB at local level, but the number will be much less than 2015 due to the tight time scale of this election.  There will be a UK Small Business Debate on 24th May.  Throughout, we will be encouraging our members to register (by 22nd May) and to get out to vote on 8th June.

Throughout, the voice of FSB members is crucial.  The manifesto is a great centrepiece, based on members views and in-depth policy and survey work.  We are running an election survey to get a refreshed view of what the next Government should focus on, and the more members who complete it, the more powerful our reach.  All of our work is impactful because it represents the view of thousands of our members.  Whatever happens on 8th June, we are perfectly placed to make the most of it.  We are small business, and it is a big ambition.

Click to see our press release and the Top 30 asks in FSB’s manifesto.

Any questions, contact our Westminster team by emailing