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16 August 2016

Manchester and North Cheshire Region Newsbrief August 2016

A round up of the latest news from the Manchester and North Cheshire region:

  • FSB asks all councils in GM & Cheshire to re-evaluate town centre parking charges
    The Federation of Small Businesses has written to council leaders in Greater Manchester and Cheshire asking them to consider introducing a free car parking scheme like that introduced by Rochdale Council last year. 
  • Road network issues?
    Highways England has launched an online mapping tool for road users to flag issues with the network.
  • North West business confidence in steep decline, research shows
    New research by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found small business confidence at a four year low following the largest annual drop in the FSB Small Business Index (SBI) since it started in 2010.
  • Manchester businesswoman selected for national taskforce promoting women in enterprise 
    The taskforce has been set up by the largest business organisation in the country, (FSB) to champion the needs of UK’s many women-run small businesses.
  • Launch of Great British High Street competition 2016
    High Streets Minister Marcus Jones has called on communities across the country to enter their villages, towns and cities into the Great British High streets competition 2016.
  • Voice from the Chair - Simon Edmondson writes…
    It might seem like there’s not been much good news for small firms of late, but if we cast our minds back to the 2016 Budget, there was a real gem in there many may have forgotten about. 
  • Potential abuse of business rates appeals
    FSB is taking a keen interest in the experience of members (and other small firms) that have contracted specialist companies to appeal business rates decisions.
  • FSB calls for investment in neglected rural roads
    New research by the Federation of Small Businesses into rural roads has shown how congestion, poorly maintained local roads, and a lack of regional strategic planning are combining to pose a significant economic barrier to economic growth in non-urban areas. 
  • North Manchester Networking
  •  Nominate the next Business Buddy Award

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