Recent poll of members finds 95 per cent feel they needs equal attention as big business

FPB accuses Brown of ignoring small business

The Prime Minister has come under fire from the Forum of Private Business for neglecting to invite any form of representation at the recent inaugural meeting of his new Business Council.

The FPB claimed that by limited it to communicating through the Small Business Forum, it was restricting the influence it could have on central Government, and unfairly giving the likes of Alan Sugar and Tesco boss, Sir Terry Leahy direct access to the Prime Minister.

A recent survey in the FPB’s quarterly title, Referendum, found that 95 per cent of those that responded believe that the Small Business Forum should either have equal access to key politicians or, alternatively, be proportionately represented at the Business Council.

"The argument that celebrities such as Sir Alan Sugar and Sir Richard Branson are still in touch with the interests of small business owners will not satisfy those who are struggling to build up their businesses now," said the FPB’s campaigns manager, Matt Hardman.

"They clearly feel that their needs and opinions are being ignored by the Government in favour of those of big business."

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