Cameron dismisses call for micro-business minister saying he's got it covered

Dan Martin
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The prime minister has said he does not see the need for a minister dedicated to micro-businesses.

David Cameron was responding to a question by Paul Lancaster, founder of Plan Digital UK, in an article by Director magazine that gave Institute of Directors and IoD 99 members the chance to grill the prime minister.

Asked by Lancaster whether he would employ a minister for micro-enterprise because 96% of UK businesses employ less than nine people, Cameron said: "I am the government's small and micro-business minister! And I have made sure that we give as much, if not more, attention to small and micro businesses as we give to large corporations.

"We are pioneering the first-ever Small Business Bill, which will help firms get credit and improve payment terms. We have cut up to £2,000 from the employer national insurance bills via the new employment allowance and doubled the small business rate relief. I am proud of the way that we are looking after the country's smallest firms, and we are seeing more start-ups in this country than ever before."

Giving his reaction to Cameron's answer Lancaster said that while he agreed that the government has introduced some positive measures for entrepreneurs, many business owners question the use of the term 'SME' saying it is too broad. 

"Recent problems caused by the complicated new 'VAT MOSS' EU legislation are the perfect example," he commented. "As such, I'd urge ministers to look more closely at this issue and make sure that micro business owners are front of mind."

Responding to other questions Cameron discussed tax avoidance: "Companies have a responsibility to pay the taxes that they owe - pure and simple; the EU referendum: "I am convinced we can get a result that will benefit British businesses, large and small" and teaching entrepreneurship in schools: "The future Richard Bransons and Karren Bradys are out there. We need to bring alive their ambition by showing them what they can do and our top business people will do just that by sharing their own stories and passing on their hard-won knowledge."

Away from business Cameron revealed his favourite film is Lawrence of Arabia, he shops at Sainsbury's and would chose Blur if he had to select Blur or Oasis as his choice of music.

When asked 'black cab or Uber?', he opted for travelling by black cab.

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