Regional News Help the voice of small businesses in the East of England be heard! FSB is looking for volunteer regional policy representatives across the UK. Could you contribute to helping small businesses thrive within the East of England? FSB Policy Director Martin McTague urges more people to get involved in FSB and explains why he's so proud of what FSB has achieved for small businesses - from wins in the latest Budget, to freezing the VAT threshold and successfully campaigning to end the staircase tax. As a member-led organisation, FSB has strong influence at regional levels too. Find out more here. Only a few days left! Don't miss the Celebration: get your entry in now! There are only a few days left until the deadline for entries into the FSB Awards so if you want to celebrate achievements in your business, and share your story then don't delay - get your entry in NOW! The entry process is simple: Step 1 - Visit FSB Awards Step 2 - Select your area from the list and click Enter The Awards. Step 3 - Select the category(s) you wish to enter Step 4 - Review your entry and submit! Did you know that you can also raise your business profile by becoming an award sponsor? Packages are available from £250. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a sponsors' information pack. Breakfast networking at Norwich Castle Friday 8 December at 7.30am till 9.30am An opportunity to network and explore Norwich Castle Keep before the public arrive, as well as hearing a little more about the objects that are available to adopt at www.adoptanobject.co.uk. The Gateway to Medieval England team will be giving updates on the project, including the Keep Giving campaign and how businesses can benefit from being involved. For more information visit here. Business Issues Business-friendly Budget brings FSB wins After months of intense campaigning on issues that matter to small businesses, FSB was pleased the Chancellor announced a set of business-friendly measures when he unveiled the Autumn Budget last Wednesday. FSB strongly pushed for changes to the flawed business rates system including for the 'staircase tax' to be axed, and the Chancellor agreed. Fierce lobbying over VAT resulted in the Chancellor committing to maintain the current VAT threshold for the next two years. There were also some big commitments to encourage small housebuilders to get building again. See our full reaction to the Budget and catch up on our periscopes with National Chairman Mike Cherry and Head of Policy Sonali Parekh. You can also read Mike Cherry's blog. New digital skills resources toolkit for small businesses Lloyds Bank and its partners on the Small Business Digital Capability taskforce, of which FSB are members, has produced a toolkit of resources that signpost to both free face-to-face and online digital tips and training - looking at topics such as digital marketing, analytics, social media and cyber security. Click here to access the toolkit, or contact Education and Skills Policy Advisor Annie Peate for more information. You may also like 08 December 2017 Weekly Brief 50 – Friday 8 December 2017 06 December 2017 Record amount spent with small firms on Small Business Saturday 06 December 2017 Joint statement from business groups and TUC on EU citizens' rights 05 May 2017 Election manifesto 2017: Small business, big ambition 22 September 2016 FSB members press Chancellor on productivity and growth 05 February 2016 Winners of FSB Worldpay Awards announced!