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10 November 2017

FSB Business Bitesize - Greater London - 10 November 2017

Regional News

Is your business in London?

Want recognition and reward for all your hard work. Enter our FSB Business Awards for the London area. We want as many entries as possible, our winners will go on to the National Finals. It's free, with 12 categories to choose from, just select the one that suits your business best. Click here for information and to enter. Check out some previous winners stories here.

Circular Innovation for SMEs Workshop

On 21 November 14:00 to 17:00 at LWARB, 169 Union Street, SE1 0LL, Advance London are hosting an interactive workshop as part of the Disruptive Innovation Festival, to explore how the circular economy could create new growth opportunities for your business. Book here.

Mayor unveils plans to part-pedestrianise Oxford Street

A new consultation on the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street was launched on Monday 6 November and we want to hear your views on this so that FSB London can submit a response. However, it's also important that members submit their own views separately to ensure the business voice is heard as loudly as other groups. Any comments please to Denise Beedell by 1 December, so that we can put together our response before the consultation closes on 17 December.

Christmas changes from London Bridge Station

There will be major changes to rail services and significant closures from Saturday 23 December - Monday 1 January 2018, affecting rail services across London and the South East. Detailed travel advice and information to help you plan for these closures is now live at You can sign up for passenger email or SMS alerts at, and/or follow on Twitter / Instagram. Any questions about the Thameslink Programme, preparing your business for these changes or to request hard copies of leaflets for your staff, email:

Business Issues

Rate rise means more cost pressures on small firms

The Bank of England announcement of a 0.25 per cent increase in the Bank Rate to 0.5 per cent means yet more cost pressures for small firms as they battle spiralling prices and flagging consumer demand, said National Chairman Mike Cherry. FSB's Policy Director Martin McTague appeared on Sky News discussing the impact on small businesses.

#FSBChat on women in enterprise

Leading digital entrepreneur and cross-bench peer Martha Lane Foxhas joined forces with FSB to host a twitter chat on women in enterprise. Join in the conversation on Monday 13 November from 12-1pm using #FSBChat. We'll be discussing the barriers and opportunities for women in business, with insights from a panel of inspirational and successful entrepreneurs. Tweet your questions ahead of the chat to @fsb_policy.

Do you claim R&D tax credits?

HMRC is currently developing a digital form for small businesses to make their R&D tax credit claims. They are looking for small business that have made R&D claims in the past and would be prepared to spend an hour or two trialling the new form. HMRC will travel to the company and provide everything they need. If you are interested please email Public Affairs Advisor Jessica Smith.