We have had huge influence on making change and influencing policy – recently securing a £940 million reduction in business rates for small firms; a freeze on the VAT threshold as well as on fuel duty. We also persuaded the Government to adopt a reform package to stop late payments to small businesses.
We’ve successfully campaigned for small firms to be excluded from the IR35 extension; and secured a £675 million Future High Street Fund. We successfully campaigned for the abolishment of the unfair ‘staircase tax’ and the halving of apprenticeship training co-investment.
The 5.8 million small businesses in the UK make up 99.3 per cent of all private sector businesses. They contribute a staggering amount to the UK’s local and national economies, as well as being a major source of employment. We encourage our members to get involved with our work – from engaging with our campaigns, to standing in our local and national member volunteer elections. Together, we are stronger.
We overturned a £2bn tax hike on the self employed.
We Campaigned for new plans to finally stop the scourge of late payments
We Sucessfully campaigned for a 9 year freeze of fuel duty
We've achieved protection for the smallest businesses from digital tax plans and VAT
Due to our lobbying, 1.5 million small businesses will now pay no businesses rates at all or have reductions to help the high street and those most affected by the recent revaluation. Future annual inflationary rises will also be lower
We won a commitment to a 10Mbps Universal Service Obligation for broadband, the essential 'fourth utility' for smaller businesses
£57m Brexit Preparedness fund for smaller businesses
£20m Secured by extending Small Business Rate Relief
£50m capital fund to regenerate town centres