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Small Business Index launched

30th June 2014

FSB launched recently its Small Business Index which looks at business confidence in the UK. Read the report here

FSB Endorses Lord Young's report on education and enterprise

30th June 2014

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FSB Comment on latest Ofgem decision to refer energy market to the Competition and Markets Authority

30th June 2014

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First ever Small Business Bill set to benefit FSB members

After many years of lobbying we have welcomed the first ever small business bill. The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill includes measures which will benefit many small firms, tackling issues around prompt payment, employment law, infrastructure and procurement.

UK Apprenticeship Funding Reform Consultation

28 April 2014

On 6 March 2014 the Government published a document 'Funding Reform Technical Consultation' . This document followed the original consultation on Apprenticeship funding published in 2013. The document sets out the proposals on the funding principles and funding route in line with the Skills Funding Statement issued earlier in 2014. Input from business owners is vital, please visit the website to make your comments.

FSB Shropshire Branch response to consultation available here - upload date 2 May

Are you a service provider selling in Europe?

28 April 2014

The EU is assessing how the European Single Market for Services functions. FSB would like to hear from Members who are selling in Europe.

How do you find your customers? How do you deal with different standards? How do you find information on other European countries, and know that information is correct and contains all that is needed? Please email FSB with your help we can lobby for improvement if and where necessary

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.

Contact Angela Fitch on 01386 750032