As the UK officially leaves the European Union, small businesses are urging to government to focus on negotiating a trade deal with the EU and securing top talent from abroad.
Research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) shows that the EU is the biggest trading bloc for small businesses that export (62%) and import (55%).
A third (32%) of small firms are already involved in overseas trade, with the vast majority trading with the EU single market (92% of exporters and 85% of importers).
Of the individual markets, the US (46%), Germany (38%) and France were considered the most important for small firms over the next three years.
Small business leaders believe that, given the importance of UK-EU trade, the... more