Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 22°C

min temp: 14°C

ESTD 1874 Search

UK: Milliband pledge to small business

10:22 28 March 2014

Labour leader Ed Milliband

Labour leader Ed Milliband

Archant © 2011

Labour leader Ed Miliband is to make a fresh attempt to reach out to business with a promise to protect small firms from “unfair” treatment at the hands of the energy companies.

In a speech today to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Manchester, he will say that a Labour government would reform the energy market to ensure small firms were given the same legal protections as householders.

These would include establishing a new energy regulator with powers to suppliers from rolling firms on to more expensive tariffs without their consent or hitting them with “crippling” back-bills for periods of longer than a year.

“It is unacceptable that companies like yours do not have even basic protections that are available to households under the law from unfair energy contracts,” he will say.

Labour would also give business organisations like the FSB new legal rights to take cases - such as late payment by firms or government departments - to court on behalf of their members.

It would also invite the FSB to join Which? and Citizens Advice in helping to set the agenda for the Competition and Markets Authority’s investigations to ensure markets were working properly in the interests of consumers and businesses.

“Since the turn of the century, the number of people working for themselves has increased by over one million,” he will say.

“Small businesses are now the bedrock of our economy.

“The Labour Party has always stood up for working people.

“If we are going to do that in the future, the party I lead will recognise that millions of working people are working for themselves.”

Search hundreds of local jobs at Jobs24

1 comment

  • It's a pity that the Labour party didn't recognise the importance of small businesses and the self employed - all of whom are working people - back in 1997 or so when they introduced that obnoxious piece of legislation otherwise known as IR35 ! If they and the Conservatives really cared they'd unpick it. Whilst such legislation exists it creates a very uneven playing field.

    Report this comment

    Adrian Day

    Friday, March 28, 2014

A Claydon hybrid drill in action.

Suffolk-based Claydon Drills, the European market leader in strip seeding technology, has appointed Thurlow Nunn Standen to handle sales and service of Claydon Hybrid drills, TerraStar cultivators and Cambridge Rolls in Suffolk and Norfolk and parts of north Essex and Cambridgeshire.

Save the Duke campaigners.

Local farmers have got behind a bid to save an historic village pub.

The George Inn, Wickham Market

Community leaders are pushing for the compulsory purchase of a fire damaged Suffolk pub to save it from being torn down.

Rob Legge, chief executive of Servest.

Facilities management group Service is to create up to 50 new jobs with the opening of a new customer contact centre at its headquarters near Bury St Edmunds.

Neil Farrow, organiser of the Ipswich Gin Festival

Ipswich is set to get its own gin festival next year, with dozens of food and drink companies set to get on board.

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24