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04 December 2017

FSB Business Bitesize - Greater London - 1 December 2017

Regional News

Interested in being a voice for small businesses?

Make a big difference to not only your business, but to all small businesses in the UK, by influencing policies at regional and national levels, volunteering to be a regional policy representative. Small businesses are vital to our local and national economies, and to our communities. Find out here how you could volunteer and check out this blog from, FSB Policy Director Martin McTague explaining why he's so proud FSB's achivements for small businesses - from wins in the latest Budget, freezing the VAT threshold and successfully campaigning to end the staircase tax. Please express interest here by Tuesday 5 December.

Celebrating Small Business Awards

If you haven't entered already, you have just six weeks to get your entry into our SME Awards to meet the deadline of Friday 12 January. The Awards are free to enter and you can take part in as many of the 12 categories as you wish. It's a great opportunity to showcase your business. Find out more and get your application in here.

The Government's New Industrial Strategy is out now

The UK's #IndustrialStrategy aims to boost the economy by building on the country's strengths & embracing opportunities of technological change, aiming to boost productivity and earning power of people across the UK. To find out more and see how you can benefit visit

Let's celebrate Small Business Saturday this weekend - Saturday 2 December

The biggest annual celebration of the contribution SME's make to the local and national economy and an opportunity to tell people what all our local small businesses do and encourage shoppers to spend their money specifically with local shops, restaurants, pubs, entertainment venues and more on the day. There is likely to be lots of activity locally and nationally to mark the day and if you want to get involved don't forget to Tweet pictures of your small business, or ones you support on the day using the hashtag #smallbusinesssaturday. Find out more here.

Also for Small Business Saturday - one day, four free webinars, don't miss out.

HMRC are offering a series of free webinars, no special equipment is needed, use the 'Book here' links to receive an invitation and connect using your desktop computer or any smart device. Record keeping for the self-employed from 10am to 11am. Book here.  Self-employment Help & Support from midday to 1pm. Book here. Business expenses for the self-employed from 2pm to 3pm. Book here and How to complete your online tax return from 4pm to 5pm. Book here.

Transport for London / Upcoming Works

There are a number of major works, both TfL and third party, over the next three months which will have an impact on the road network in the following locations, Embankment, A1 Holloway Road, Baker Street Two Way, Brent Cross, Woolwich Ferry and A102 Blackwall Tunnel Southbound. Click here for details.

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.