Barclays unveils Budget wishlist

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Entrepreneurial skills should be taught in schools, according to a Budget wishlist penned by one of South Yorkshire’s top bankers.

Andrew Marsh, head of SME for Barclays, would also like to see local hubs for tech start-ups in major cities across the UK, a government website which lists all business support schemes and Export Tax Credits for entrepreneurs trading internationally.

A ‘single market’ in public sector procurement to cut the cost and redtape of bidding for local contracts is also on the list.

The Budget on Wednesday comes just a few weeks before the General Election in May.

Mr Marsh said: “This Budget is an opportunity to think about how to create the right conditions for long term success for the UK by focusing on a few key areas.

“A small number of interconnected factors have the potential to make a big difference to the economy. We do not claim to have all the answers but we believe business needs to get together to call for these positive steps.”

He also called for better information sharing between SMEs, large firms and government.