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FSB Euro Newsletter December 2013



Includes FSB calls for rethink on EU data protection reform EU-US trade deal offers opportunities for small firms FSB backs change to Package Travel Directive to boost short-break market FSB presses European Commission on smart regulation Anthea McIntyre MEP hosts business breakfast Common European Sales Law (CESL) vote a blow for small businesses Successful Small Business Saturday! View all pages here.


PAYE remittance



Do you pay your PAYE remittance to HMRC by posting a cheque or over the counter at the bank or post office? HMRC is consulting on an Employer Payment Booklet and what would encourage employers to pay PAYE electronically. We are involved in this consultation and want to hear your experiences and views.


Package travel directive



The EU is overhauling the Package Travel Directive. In conjunction with other business groups, the FSB thinks there may be opportunities to reduce some of the burdens on UK accommodation and attraction providers. We're looking for members who operate in the tourism sector and would be interested in feeding into our position.


Your FSB



FSB Policy is delivering faster, better and more effectively than ever before. Parliament listen to us, media listen to us and FSB members continue to benefit from being part of the largest and loudest lobbying voice in the UK today.

Play your part!

In 2011 more than 11,000 members took part in the 2012 Member Survey and this year it's going to be bigger and better, providing the evidence FSB needs to take current and emerging issues to local and national influencers and decision makers. Were you one of those 11,000? If you were, thank you, every single FSB member has a part to play. If you have yet to sign up to the survey panel it couldn't be easier, just visit our website and click on the Survey Panel link (which is near the bottom of the home page). It takes a few seconds to register, we will send surveys directly to your inbox about six times per year. If you can't complete one of them, don't worry, wait for the next one.

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All completed surveys will be entered into our prize draw, your chance to win a 16GB Apple iPad with Retina display, an Apple iPad Mini or an iPod shuffle. The winners will be announced in early December.

Your input really does make a difference - thank you


FSB win on smart metering



The FSB has been successful getting the Government to pause the rollout of smart metering for a year to ensure the concerns on small firms are properly taken into account. The Business Department with the Energy Department are holding an event next week to capture these concerns to try keep energy bills low.


Is the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence working?
Do you operate in the road transport sector and do you employ drivers?



The FSB wants members affected by the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence to get in touch. Driver CPC was introduced for bus drivers in September 2008 and lorry drivers in September 2009 to improve road safety and driving standards. A number of FSB members have expressed concern that it is not having the desired effect as the legislation applies to individual drivers regardless of the size of business they work for.


FSB Federation of Small Businesses and Intellect partner to identify how small firms are using technology to create jobs and grow



The joint report into investment in technology reveals that, on average, small businesses are investing £3,500 in technology, which takes them to new markets, streamlines work processes and aids employment prospects and career development.

Read the full report


FSB win on smart metering



The FSB has been successful getting the Government to pause the rollout of smart metering for a year to ensure the concerns on small firms are properly taken into account. The Business Department with the Energy Department are holding an event next week to capture these concerns to try keep energy bills low.


Is the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence working?
Do you operate in the road transport sector and do you employ drivers?



The FSB wants members affected by the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence to get in touch. Driver CPC was introduced for bus drivers in September 2008 and lorry drivers in September 2009 to improve road safety and driving standards. A number of FSB members have expressed concern that it is not having the desired effect as the legislation applies to individual drivers regardless of the size of business they work for.


FSB Federation of Small Businesses and Intellect partner to identify how small firms are using technology to create jobs and grow



The joint report into investment in technology reveals that, on average, small businesses are investing £3,500 in technology, which takes them to new markets, streamlines work processes and aids employment prospects and career development.

Read the full report


Latest FSB update from the European Parliament



Features Herefordshire based MEP, Anthea McIntyre.

Read the update


Has broadband or superfast broadband transformed your businesses?



25/01/2013

The FSB is working closely with Defra on a ‘Demand Stimulation' programme to achieve a higher take up of broadband services among firms that are not yet as digital as they could be. The FSB believes that the best way of stimulating broadband demand is by showcasing digital success stories. So tell us if trading online, using smarter business software or social media has transformed your business.


FSB seeks case studies from businesses which use tractors and light trailers



Does your business rely on light trailers under 3500kg or tractors? The EU is considering plans for a new MOT regime which could introduce regular tests for light trailers and tractors. These are currently exempt from MOTs in the UK and testing them could bring huge costs for small businesses. FSB would like to know how it would affect your business so we can put your views across to politicians in the European Parliament.

Email your comments to jayne.almond@fsb.org.uk


Challenge you MP on the proposed increase in Business Rates



Business rates have risen by over ten per cent in the last two years, and they are set to rise by a further 2.6 per cent April 2013.

Imposing a substantial rise in Business Rates for the third year running can only lead to more empty shops on high streets and fewer chances of work, especially for young people.

Challenge the rise by contacting you MP


The Apprenticeship Journey



Apprenticeships are critical for increasing skill levels, developing sustainable employment and careers, and to help businesses develop and grow. The FSB wants to see small businesses make full use of this valuable resource to enhance and grow their business and for young people to see this as a viable career option to gain new skills.

More information about the Apprenticeship Journey here.


Latest FSB update from the European Parliament



Features Herefordshire based MEP, Anthea McIntyre.

Read the update


Do you have a story to tell?



The FSB is on the look-out for new case studies to speak to print and broadcast media on a range of topics, such as the business climate, access to finance through the banks or other providers, late payment, exporting and your use of technology.

Email your story to be a case study.


Has broadband or superfast broadband transformed your businesses?



25/01/2013

The FSB is working closely with Defra on a ‘Demand Stimulation' programme to achieve a higher take up of broadband services among firms that are not yet as digital as they could be. The FSB believes that the best way of stimulating broadband demand is by showcasing digital success stories. So tell us if trading online, using smarter business software or social media has transformed your business.


FSB seeks case studies from businesses which use tractors and light trailers



Does your business rely on light trailers under 3500kg or tractors? The EU is considering plans for a new MOT regime which could introduce regular tests for light trailers and tractors. These are currently exempt from MOTs in the UK and testing them could bring huge costs for small businesses. FSB would like to know how it would affect your business so we can put your views across to politicians in the European Parliament.

Email your comments to jayne.almond@fsb.org.uk


Challenge you MP on the proposed increase in Business Rates



Business rates have risen by over ten per cent in the last two years, and they are set to rise by a further 2.6 per cent April 2013.

Imposing a substantial rise in Business Rates for the third year running can only lead to more empty shops on high streets and fewer chances of work, especially for young people.

Challenge the rise by contacting you MP


The Apprenticeship Journey



Apprenticeships are critical for increasing skill levels, developing sustainable employment and careers, and to help businesses develop and grow. The FSB wants to see small businesses make full use of this valuable resource to enhance and grow their business and for young people to see this as a viable career option to gain new skills.

More information about the Apprenticeship Journey here.


Contact Angela Fitch on 01386 750032