#AskSpirus: Cambridge, how will #election2015 affect your business?
With small business often being referred to as the lifeblood of the economy, we wondered how they feel about the outcome of the election and the bearing it will have on them. So, in typical #AskSpirus fashion, we got on the case with a question for Cambridge.
The results were interesting. After all the campaigning of the last few months, only 27.5% said yes, they believe it will make a difference, with the remainder split between 45% no and 27.5% not sure. It seems all parties did very little to convince small businesses in Cambridge that Government will do much more for them after May the 7th and certainly were not clear about the actual ways in which they will run the economy. A strong air of cynicism around politics came through; as one respondent said: “Election promises are empty promises.” And it seems the main motivators for people voting are, from an accountant, to “keep loony parties, like UKIP out” or to simply keep the same Government in. Domingo Negroni of Greenlight FM feels that the current Government has made it easier to employ people with regards to grants and apprenticeships.
It seems that small business owners are quite used to the volatility of running a small business and therefore are as prepared to deal with the Government of the day as they do with the day to day running of their business. One videographer said that he feels “the economy is too large a ship for any political party to steer, and that when the election is all done and dusted, promises will be forgotten, compromised or adapted”.
Business Growth Specialist, Ann Hawkins, said she has been through two recessions and in her opinion, businesses make their own fortunes.
The overriding message was around trust – or rather, a distinct lack of it. Very few of our respondents believed that politicians of any party can be trusted to do what they said they were going to do; and the Parliamentary expenses scandals and the widespread use of spin-doctors has not helped their case. As a result it seems to have had an effect of complacency. People do not even bother to engage with election promises, let alone allow those promises to affect the way in which they run their businesses. But however apathetic or cynical voters may feel about the parties involved, we’d still like to encourage everyone to get out there on May 7th and exercise their right to vote. Regardless of the outcome, your vote is your voice and if in doubt think, Suffragettes, Nelson Mandela and Scotland!