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07 April 2017

Weekly Brief 14 – Friday 7 April 2017

A wrap of the week’s small business news from FSB’s London Press, Policy and Public Affairs Office. To sign-up for Weekly Brief emails, please use this link 

11 changes for small business

With the new tax year upon us, FSB has released a list of 11 changes small businesses need to know about for 2017. This includes new business rates, introduction of the Lifetime ISA, and changes to the VAT Flat Rate Scheme. Separately, FSB issued press releases on changes to the minimum wage and business rates, which gained coverage in the Daily Telegraph, BBC News and The Times.

Lloyds cut bank branches
FSB expressed concern that Lloyds Banking Group has announced it will close a further 100 branches, leaving small business customers without the services they rely on. National Chairman Mike Cherry’s comments gained coverage in The i newspaper, the Guardian, ITV online, and Financial Times. You can also read FSB’s recent report on the impact of bank branch closures on small firms.

Small Business Index: Are you feeling confident?
FSB’s quarterly survey on small business confidence will be released next week and Big Voice Community members can have their say. If you’re a member of Big Voice, please look out for an email on Monday. If not, you can sign up here. FSB uses the Small Business Index to make the case directly to leading politicians and other policymakers about what small businesses need.

Join the CMA
The Competition and Markets Authority is recruiting new panel members to make decisions on its cases. They are looking for a broad mix of experience, including people with a business background, and especially anyone who has a portfolio career. The advert is here and closes on April 24.

Have your say – Industrial Strategy
FSB is encouraging all small business owners to chip in with their views on the Industrial Strategy before the consultation closes on April 17. This is the Government’s plan for driving local economic growth and productivity. Read our initial press release and have your say by responding here.

Changes to apprenticeship funding – are you ready?
Over the last few years the Government has embarked on a large-scale programme of changes to the way apprenticeships are delivered and funded in England. The National Apprenticeship Service is carrying out a short survey about changes to apprenticeships and to help you find any additional support or advice you may need. Complete this survey by April 13. You can email FSB Policy Advisor Annie Peate if you have any questions.

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