Small firms 'struggling to find skilled staff'

Published on Friday, 09 December 2011 11:49
Posted by Scott Buckler

The country's small businesses are currently struggling to find skilled staff capable of driving their organisation forward, according to a new industry survey

A poll carried out by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and All Party Parliamentary Small Business Group (APPSBG) found 27 per cent of small businesses found it difficult to find suitably skilled staff.

Furthermore, 47 per cent of companies found regulation requirements onerous and 34 per cent had difficulty securing finance.

The FSB is now calling on the government to carry out a range of measures, such as reinstating the graduate internship scheme, prioritising enterprise education and reducing the flow of regulation and tackle the stock of existing legislation.

John Walker, national chairman of the FSB, said that coming up against these issues while setting up a business can prevent them from growing.

"With the private sector being relied on to drive economic recovery, these barriers need to be removed – budding entrepreneurs should be supported in setting-up in business, and existing businesses should be encouraged to innovate, take on staff and grow," he added


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