Candidates in the UK's upcoming local elections have been urged to remember to put the needs of SMEs at the heart of their policies.The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has called on the potential politicians to make the needs of small businesses a top priority and put their requirements at the heart of any policies they would implement if they were to be elected.To help prospective council leaders remember the needs of SMEs, the FSB has published its own manifesto. Policy areas the organisation would like to see addressed include an end to "over-zealous regulation" and reduced transport costs for SMEs."Decisions taken by local authorities have a direct impact on everybody's lives, including the livelihoods of small business owners and their employees," explained Roger Culcheth, FSB's local government chairman."In some areas local authorities and businesses have a close and effective relationship but in others small employers are treated as silent taxpayers with little voice in the future of their community."Local elections will take place in England and Scotland on May 3rd.© Adfero Ltd