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06 November 2017

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Regional News

FSB responds to today's ULEZ announcement

Sue Terpilowski OBE, FSB London Policy Chair has today said that the announcement to press ahead with an earlier introduction for the Ultra Low Emission Zone than originally planned is disappointing - read the full response here.

Phantom Debt Collectors and Bailiffs Fraud Alert

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) and Action Fraud have recently noticed that fraudsters have been impersonating bailiffs requesting payments for "phantom" debt. The fraud involves being cold-called by someone purporting to be a bailiff working on behalf of a court, attempting to recover funds for a non-existent debt. If you have concerns about this please contact Denise Beedell for more information.

Less than a month to go until Small Business Saturday - 2 December 2017

Small Business Saturday UK highlights small business success and encourages consumers to 'shop local' and support small businesses in their communities. The day itself takes place on the first Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses. Many small businesses take part in the day by hosting events and offering discounts. Find out more here.

Sponsorship opportunities for the FSB awards

We have sponsorship opportunities for the London area awards, if you think your business could benefit from supporting what could be the biggest SME awards in our region next year, email: Denise Beedell.

Business Issues

Success of Industrial Strategy hinges on infrastructure

The Chancellor must deliver promised improvements to digital and road connectivity while removing barriers for small housebuilders at his Autumn Budget. As part of its Budget submission, FSB called on Government to put forward a series of recommendations aimed at boosting output among smaller housebuilders in England, as well as deciding on how the UK-wide Universal Service Obligation will be implemented.

Compensation is key for RBS GRG victims

The publication of the Financial Conduct Authority's interim summary report on the treatment of smaller businesses by Royal Bank of Scotland's Global Restructuring Group (GRG), was described as a "step forward" by National Chairman Mike Cherry. He said the full report should be released in the future to show how the "systematic" failure happened and who was responsible, but emphasised the most important thing now is that GRG victims receive the compensation they are due.

Mental health in the workplace

The Government's 'Thriving at Work' review has been released, looking at how investing in mental health support is good for business - with many of the standards outlined reflective of initiatives advocated by FSB's wellbeing campaign.