Nigel Farage insisted Ukip was a champion of Britain's small businesses as more than 100 traders came forward to declare their support for the party.
The Ukip leader said there was no-one speaking up for small firms who were being "put upon" by a "massive" burden of regulation imposed mainly by Brussels.
In a letter, published in today's Daily Express, more than 100 small business owners said they supported Ukip's policies to help small traders.
They backed Ukip's proposals to cut business rates, improve access to finance and crack down on late payments by big companies.
They also claimed Labour risks being perceived as anti-business and the Conservatives as the party interested in big business.
The authors wrote: "As people engaged in running some of the small enterprises that will create the bulk of new employment in this country in the years ahead, we are greatly encouraged to find a political champion in Ukip."
Today Mr Farage met one of the letter's signatories, Debbie Barwick, at her vintage clothes shop called Revivals in Canterbury, Kent - and tried on a few hats.
He said: "There are five million small businesses, all of whom have been severely put upon by a massive burden of regulation over the past few years.
"It's the big corporate businesses that rule the roost and have the big parties in their pockets. There is no one speaking now for small businesses."
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