'A Skilful Exit'

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3350
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

A report 'A Skilful Exit (What Small Firms Want From Brexit)' by the Federation of Small Businesses seeks a transition period for its members whereby the existing immigration arrangements continue after Brexit until a new system is in place. FSB's research shows that "EU workers play an important role in helping to plug chronic skills gaps in key occupations and sectors…. The report strongly demonstrates, the ability to hire people with the right skills, and to do business across UK-EU borders, is fundamental to small firms' survival and growth." How can the Mayor help small businesses / FSB in this instance? 

Answer

Answer for 'A Skilful Exit'

Answer for 'A Skilful Exit'

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I want the UK to remain in the Single Market. It is vital for London that we keep a flexible approach to migration and wider trade in goods, services and capital. This creates more opportunities for Londoners. My skills strategy due to be published next year will set out my vision to ensure Londoners and London's businesses have access to the skills they need to succeed. My Growth Hub will continue to provide business support to start-ups and SMEs to growth; My International Business Programme delivered through London & Partners will continue to help fast growing companies to export to new markets.