EBay has just published the findings of its latest Online Business Index, which reveals that online firms overwhelmingly believe that the Tories have the best policies for small businesses.
The Index looked at the views of 507 small to medium sized businesses trading on the internet (all of which are VAT registered). According to the findings, 67% of online firms think the Tories have the best policies for small businesses, compared to only 18% for Labour and 4% for the LibDems.
These findings come despite evidence that online businesses have escaped the worst of the recession – 68% are confident about the future, 69% expect rising sales over the coming months, and 77% expect to grow or maintain profit margins.
The Index reveals anger at the Government over its plans to raise VAT in January, with three-quarters opposed to the change.