Conserative MP Rob Wilson has hit out at claims in an article on BusinessZone.co.uk that the 2013 Budget does not benefit small companies.
In a piece published today, entrepreneur Tony Robinson writes that the announcements made by the chancellor on Wednesday demonstrate that the government does not understand the issues small and micro business owners are currently facing.
One of the claims by other critics is that the government's headline measure in cutting £2,000 off employers' National Insurance contributions does not actually help because many small firms don't actually want to employ staff and would rather grow by outsourcing to specialists.
Questioned about the criticism by BusinessZone.co.uk during the opening of the new Reading office of technology company Fairsail, local MP Rob Wilson said: "That is wrong. It is the wrong interpretation of the annoucement and a misunderstanding of what small businesses want.
"I used to work in small companies and we had lots of problems with having the finances to grow and invest in new people. Many small firms would love to go for growth and expand but they need help to do it.
"£2,000 doesn't sound like a lot of money to a big business but it could be the difference between a small business hiring or not hiring the extra employee they really need."