Ruth Porter writes for the Telegraph

I sat in meeting after meeting at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills churning through the latest riveting directives from Brussels, discussing the future of offshoring and identifying skills shortages.

It was eye-opening to see how desperately government wanted to help these tiny companies with various schemes and pots of money – yet attempt after attempt failed. I quickly realised why.

Small companies don’t have vast budgets for lobbying. They can’t afford to employ herds of compliance officers to ensure they are on top of every fine detail of the latest regulation.

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