UKIP's Small business Spokesman has backed more than 200 bosses of firms who have signed an open letter urging Britain to leave the EU. East Midlands MEP Margot Parker said the letter - which urges people to vote for 'Brexit' proves the strength of feeling among small business owners, who are sick of being entangled in EU red tape.
She said: "I was delighted to see the open letter published by small business owners - even more so when seeing the signatories came from a variety of sectors and industries. I know from speaking to small business owners all over the country how much of a burden EU over-regulation is to them. The needless extra administration, which can cost small businesses up to ten time as much per employee as it does a big company, stifles growth, discourages innovation and stops them expanding and creating jobs.
"Only about 10 per cent of British businesses export to the EU but all have to comply with what the EU says. Free from the EU our small businesses, which are the back bone of the British economy, would be free to thrive
"Small business owners are frankly sick and tired of being wrapped in unnecessary rules and regulations imposed on them by the EU. This letter proves just how they feel - the strength of feeling among our entrepreneurs is growing day-by-day.
"They are quite right to say people should not listen to a 'minority of managers from Britain's largest companies' who want to stay in the EU. Small business owners are the lifeblood of local communities - but they need flexibility and they need to be free of the shackles which add to their costs and time.
"Many small businesses occupy positions in the supply chains of heavy industry, and they have been hit hard by the decimation of our industrial sector thanks to EU environmental regulations forcing the jobs to move to countries without such heavy-handed limitations.
"I fully expect to see many such letters, signed by more and more small business owners, in the coming weeks as more and more people realise just how pervasive the EU is and what a negative effect it has on their businesses."