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  • March 2015 - R&D Tax Credits

    March 2015 - R&D Tax Credits

    In this consultation the FSB is calling for the development of a user-friendly guide and online tool which would be separate from the current technical guidance and take businesses through the basics of the scheme.

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  • March 2015 - BIS challenging grossly unfair terms and practices

    March 2015 - BIS challenging grossly unfair terms and practices

    The FSB's response to a consultation by the Department of Business, Innovation and skills on late payment terms and practices. The embedded culture of poor payment practices costs small firms tens of billions of pounds each year and negatively impacts on cash flow. This stifles the potential for businesses to grow and take on new staff, repay credit, and in some cases pay their own supply chain.

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  • March 2015 - European Committee Working Time Directive

    March 2015 - European Committee Working Time Directive

    FSB response to European Commission’s Public Consultation on the Review of the Working Time Directive.

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  • FSB: Our work and achievements 2014-15 - Federation of Small Businesses: Policy, Press and Public Affairs

    FSB: Our work and achievements 2014-15 - Federation of Small Businesses: Policy, Press and Public Affairs

    FSB: Our work and achievements 2014-15 - Federation of Small Businesses: Policy, Press and Public Affairs

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  • March 2015 - Ofgem Distribution Network Operators

    March 2015 - Ofgem Distribution Network Operators

    The FSB consultation response to Ofgem's review of the electricity connections market.

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  • A new design: Making local support work for business

    A new design: Making local support work for business

    This report examines the business support landscape for small businesses in England and the FSB outlines recommendations to the Local Enterprise Partnerships.

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  • February 2015 - FSB response to the Davies Commission

    February 2015 - FSB response to the Davies Commission

    The FSB's consultation response to the Davies Commission in UK airport expansion.

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  • February 2015 - HMRC Direct recovery of debt legislation

    February 2015 - HMRC Direct recovery of debt legislation

    The FSB responds to the consultation in February 2015 which considers the proposed legislation for a new power which will allow HMRC to recover debts directly from the accounts of debtors.

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  • February 2015 - BIS reporting payment practices

    February 2015 - BIS reporting payment practices

    Consultation by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills on payment practices and polices. The FSB supports the proposal for greater transparency on the payment practices of businesses. Late payment is one of the most serious issues affecting small businesses.

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  • February 2015 - Law Society Employment Tribunal Reform

    February 2015 - Law Society Employment Tribunal Reform

    This is the FSB's response  to the  Law Society's consultation on how well changes to Employment Tribunal's are working since reforms in 2014.

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  • February 2015 - Defra Retail Exits

    February 2015 - Defra Retail Exits

    The FSB has responded to the Defra consultation on retail exits reform: how we plan to implement new regulations.

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  • February 2015 - CMA Market Reform

    February 2015 - CMA Market Reform

    The FSB provides details of the oral evidence it gave to the CMA inquiry into the energy market.

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  • January 2015 - Growth Duty and Small Business Appeals Champions Extension

    January 2015 - Growth Duty and Small Business Appeals Champions Extension

    The FSB consultation response to the Better Regulation Delivery Office on the details of the growth duty for regulators.

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  • FSB Policy, Press and Public Affairs - A summary of Achievements in 2013-14

    FSB Policy, Press and Public Affairs - A summary of Achievements in 2013-14

    We work hard lobbying Government on issues that matter most to our members and to ensure the voices of the 4.9 million small firms are heard and listened to. This document outlines our achievements in the last 12 months.

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  • January 2015 - Corporate Directors prohibitions

    January 2015 - Corporate Directors prohibitions

    The FSB consultation response to the BIS Trust and Transparency Team on recommended prohibitions on corporate directors.

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  • January 2015 - CMA Annual Plan

    January 2015 - CMA Annual Plan

    The FSB consultation response to the Competition and Markets Authority on their annual plan 2015/16.

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  • January 2015 - Ofgem SoP

    January 2015 - Ofgem SoP

    The FSB's consultation response for Ofcom on extending the supplier guaranteed and overall standards of performance.

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  • January 2015 - Fracking

    January 2015 - Fracking

    The FSB has responded to a consultation on the planning application process - statutory consultee arrangements.

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  • 2015 - Q1 - Small firms on solid ground as they create new jobs and increase wages

    2015 - Q1 - Small firms on solid ground as they create new jobs and increase wages

    Small business confidence remains robust and firmly in positive territory, according to the first quarter results of the FSB's Small Business Index. Lower business costs and current economic conditions are relieving pressure for firms, giving them the confidence to take on new staff, reward staff with pay increases, and successfully access finance from their banks to invest in and build their business.

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  • December 2014 - SME inquiry response

    December 2014 - SME inquiry response

    This is the FSB's consultation response to a consultation on what small business need from online and telecommunication channels.

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