What are entrepreneurs and small businesses hoping for in Budget 2013?

As we wait in anticipation to hear the 2013 Budget. We thought we'd see what the lifeblood of our economy, that's the entrepreneurs and small businesses who've have helped pull Britian through the recession, want to hear Osborne say.

Neil Westwood, founder of Magic Whiteboard

"@smartahq #smartabudget needs to create jobs, give incentives to biz to take on staff, & get people spending."

Tom Mursell, founder of Tendersave (including saveonpromo.co.uk) -

"It's a difficult one, as has been proven, there's no quick fix the Gov't can roll-out. What they can do however and what I'd hope to see today is a focus on creating the right culture for people to create start-ups, as that's where the growth is going to come from. They should be focusing on tax cuts and aiding the culture of the free flow of finance to start-ups through continuation of schemes such as SEIS."

Melanie Rollinson of Woodie and Morris

@SmartaHQ a freeze on business rates #smartabudget

John Walker, National Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses, is hoping for support for businesses as it would reduce unemployment.

"The rise in unemployment shows that the Chancellor must deliver a Budget for business today. This must have clear tools for small firms to create jobs and wealth for the country. With GDP and employment falling in the final months of 2012 and inflation rising, all eyes will be on the Chancellor as he reveals the measures he will take to boost the economy."

Mark Duffy, founder of Frog Watches

I'd like the Chancellor to finally do something to address access to finance for small businesses, but it's very difficult. You can tell banks to do something over and over again, but if they won't help, what can Mr Osborne realistically do?

 

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