Labour’s General Election Victory: What It Means for Small Businesses

In a historic shift of political power, Sir Keir Starmer and the Labour Party have secured a decisive victory in the latest general election, ending 14 years of Conservative leadership. (Sapphire Capital Partners)

The new government ushers in a fresh era for small businesses in the UK, which have recently faced challenges like rising costs, inflation, and regulatory pressures.

Small Business Priorities and Labour’s Response

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have outlined their key expectations for the new administration, emphasizing the following demands:

  • Tax Burden Reduction: Simplification of the tax system and an increase in the personal income tax allowance.
  • VAT Threshold Increase: Raising the VAT threshold to £100,000 to ease financial burdens on smaller enterprises.
  • Energy Crisis Management: Implementing tighter governance of the energy sector to mitigate escalating energy costs for small businesses.
  • Investment Facilitation: Streamlining access to grants and loans and reducing bureaucratic red tape.
  • High Street Revitalization: Investing in local infrastructure to rejuvenate city centers and conducting a comprehensive review of the business rates system.
  • Late Payment Resolution: Addressing the £32 billion late payment crisis with stricter laws and financial support mechanisms.
  • Environmental Sustainability: Providing incentives, such as tax breaks, for SMEs adopting eco-friendly practices.
  • Mental Health Support: Introducing flexible statutory sick pay and mental health services tailored for self-employed individuals.

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