The Forum of Private Business has welcomed the clarity provided by the Prime Minister today, but expresses the need for action.

Ian Cass, Managing Director of the Forum, said: “We’ve often heard the Prime Minister talk about the need for frictionless trade after Brexit, so we welcome today’s movement to outline the detail of this and other aspects of our future economic arrangement.”

Cass strikes a cautious tone though, adding: “For our members, the main frustration is the time it's taking to reach an agreement. Their main frustration is not knowing what they are dealing with going forward, so the sooner these estimates become some sort of firm plan with a clear destination, and the steps to get there, are outlined, the better for Forum members. The longer it takes, the more difficult it is for them to do business. We would like to see the government being far more proactive rather than reactive, which appears to be part of the problem at the moment.”

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About Forum of Private Business

The Forum of Private Business is a not-for-profit comprehensive business support organisation founded in 1977. Our membership is spread throughout the UK and primarily made up of companies that employ between 1-50 employees, helping them to manage employees, saving time, giving advice, support and protection where a business needs it.

We are a recognised leading authority on business issues and represent the interests of business owners on many consultative bodies. We have built a solid reputation, being influential in many areas of policy-making, in changing laws that affect small businesses, and we continue to campaign for the fair treatment of businesses within the UK.

Everything we do is about making sure our members’ businesses operate profitably. This means that every penny we make goes back in to supporting our members, providing the support and resources that will enable businesses to flourish and grow.