rural firms

Rural Small Business

Rural firms urgently need Government help

Small firms in rural areas are preparing themselves for a tough Christmas and believe the Government has done little to help them through the economic downturn. Research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) revealed that nearly 60% of small rural firms are expecting their Christmas trade to be down on this time last year. Four out of five said the Government has done nothing to help them. FSB national chairman, John Wright, said that rural businesses needed immediate support if they were to survive the economic downturn. “These figures show that small businesses in rural Britain are the silent victims of the credit crunch,” “The rural economy needs urgent short–term action to help it beat the squeeze, along with a real commitment to deal with the long&ndash... »