Taxes, fraud and logistics among top pre-election business concerns

Digital advice and faster broadband speeds also ranked highly as main priorities for whichever party forms the next government

Tax cuts, fraud prevention and improved delivery logistics are among the top five key policies small and medium businesses want to see addressed by the next government, according to new research from eBay and YouGov.

Ahead of next month’s general election, the survey of over 300 digital small businesses found that 48% want the next government to lower business taxes, 31% want improved broadband speeds and 27% would like better postal and delivery services.

Better advice on setting up and running an online business and more police efforts to tackle cybercrime and fraud were also cited as priorities for whichever party forms the next government – polled at  17% and 16% respectively.

In contrast, less than one in 10 (7%) of the online start-ups surveyed said they were concerned about a lack of suitable staff which challenges assumptions of a UK skills shortage.

Commenting on the findings, eBay UK vice president, Tanya Lawler, said:

“We have been calling on the government and policy makers for years to do more to level the playing field for Britain’s army of small and medium enterprises by reducing postal costs and improving delivery and logistics services. These diverse businesses are vital to the UK because they are the engine of our growth at home and abroad, with more than four in five small businesses on eBay in the UK selling internationally.”

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