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FSB concerned about rural businesses


FSB concerned about rural businesses

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has voiced concern that rural businesses are likely to be affected more over Christmas by the economic situation.

A survey of 500 FSB members found that 60 per cent expected Christmas trade to be down on this time last year.

John Wright, the FSB national chairman, said: "Rural businesses are as integral to the wellbeing of our economy as the turkey is to our festive dinner.

"The FSB believes that the rural economy needs urgent short term action to help it beat the squeeze along with a real commitment to deal with the long-term problems that have plagued the rural economy for so long."

Some of the proposals of the FSB include creating free parking in towns and villages during the Christmas shopping period, as well as scrapping planned fuel duty rises for April 2009.

It also proposed that a "substantial proportion" of the £7 billion made available by the government for small firms made a difference to those in rural areas.

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