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The general election is a current hot topic of conversation, to the point where you might feel like tuning it out completely!  While our advice remains impartial, this upcoming event is crucial and has the potential to shape a nation’s economic future. For your business, elections typically introduce a phase of uncertainty and potential transformation.

We thought it a useful time to examine some key factors to help you prepare for possible changes.

Economic Policies and Regulation 

General elections can directly impact businesses through shifts in economic policies and regulations, primarily involving tax and government spending.  

Generally, policies that lower business taxes and reduce regulation can spur business investment and growth. On the other hand, policies aimed at increasing taxes and tightening regulations may raise costs for businesses but could enhance government spending, benefiting the economy and your business in other ways.  

Key Considerations: 

  • Taxation: Changes in corporate tax rates will directly affect a company’s profitability. Lower taxes typically boost net income, whereas higher taxes reduce it.  
  • Regulations: Changes in employment laws, environmental regulations, and industry-specific standards could simplify or complicate your business operations.  

Market and Consumer Confidence 

General elections significantly impact market and consumer confidence. The period before an election often brings uncertainty, causing businesses and consumers to hold off on spending until the election results are known.  

Key Considerations: 

  • Investment: Businesses might postpone major investments or purchase orders until after the election. Once the future policies are clearer, they may reconsider pending spending and investment decisions.  
  • Consumer Spending: Consumers may become more cautious, leading to reduced spending, which can particularly affect retail and service-related businesses.  

Currency and Financial Markets 

Elections also influence financial markets and currency values. Investors respond to both anticipated and actual election outcomes, resulting in stock market volatility and fluctuations in currency exchange rates. This volatility can impact profit margins and pricing strategies, especially for businesses involved in international trade.  

Key Considerations: 

  • Stock Markets: Election outcomes perceived as favorable for business may cause market rallies, while those seen as unfavorable could trigger market declines.  
  • Currency Values: Shifts in government policies on trade, fiscal stimulus, and economic management can cause currency appreciation or depreciation.  

Public Spending and Infrastructure 

A change in administration can significantly alter government spending priorities. A new government might focus on different sectors for public investment, affecting businesses linked to those sectors. For instance, increased infrastructure spending can benefit construction companies, while cuts in public services might negatively impact healthcare providers.  

Key Considerations: 

  • Infrastructure Projects: Construction and related industries might find new opportunities opening up.  
  • Public Services: Companies providing services to the government could see changes in demand based on new public spending priorities.  

Employment Market 

The employment market is another area profoundly influenced by general elections. Policies on minimum wage, worker rights, and immigration can impact labor costs and your ability to hire the right workers.  

Key Considerations: 

  • Wage Policies: While an imminent increase seems unlikely, changes in minimum wage laws could raise employment costs for businesses, particularly those in low-margin industries.  
  • Immigration Policies: Changes in immigration laws can affect the availability of skilled and unskilled labour, influencing your recruitment strategies and employment costs.  


General elections are pivotal events with far-reaching effects on businesses. By understanding the potential impacts, you can proactively plan and adjust to ensure your business remains stable and continues to grow.  If you would like to discuss any financial planning for your business, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the CB Reid team.