Gordon Brown has made some much publicised moves to enhance Government relations with the business community in setting up the Business Council and in his shake up of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). However, criticism has been voiced by the Forum of Private Business (FPB), which represents the SME sector.
The FPB has urged the Government not to lose touch with the needs of smaller businesses. The FPB, which represents thousands of smaller firms, has expressed its anxieties over the government’s apparent bias towards big business following the creation of the Business Council and the reorganisation of the DTI.
The advisory Business Council comprises a number of figures drawn from large corporations. Should it also include a member of the FBP or the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses)?
Matt Hardman, the FPB’s campaigns manager, said, “Smaller companies make up the majority of firms in the UK private sector, employing over half the private sector workforce, and they are not represented by this Business Council.”
Also of concern to the FPB has been the restructuring of the DTI, now known as the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (DBERR).
As part of the changes, the DBERR will take responsibility for assessing the impact that regulation has on business.
Mr Hardman said the additional duties may make the new Department’s tasks all the more difficult, “Most of the work of the DTI on productivity, business relations, energy, competition and so on, will continue under the DBERR and it will also take on the Better Regulation Executive. I hope this will not prove to be a cumbersome creation by Gordon Brown.”
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