George Osborne delivered his 2016 Budget today and it contained some sizeable wins for small businesses. The Chancellor listened to FSB calls for the tax system to be made simpler for small businesses and the self-employed and taken important action on business rates. FSB members have campaigned hard to make Small Business Rates Relief permanent, and expand it so the news that it would be more than doubled permanently is a big win. The measures announced on business rates – the single biggest tax cut in today’s Budget - will also be viewed by small firms as a welcome and important step on the road to fundamental reform. Our full Budget response will be available as soon as possible - until then, here's our Policy Director Mike Cherry with his first impressions of the budget: See how FSB have campaigned on this issue Lobbying & Campaigning from FSB Find out more You may also like 19 January 2018 Weekly Brief 3 – Friday 19 January 2018 16 January 2018 Advice for any small businesses affected by businesses they supply going into liquidation 12 January 2018 Weekly Brief 2 - Friday 12 January 2018 09 June 2017 Weekly Brief 23 - Friday 09 June 2017 01 March 2017 Working with the British Business Bank to improve finance markets for smaller UK businesses 23 February 2017 GET IN GO FAR AND HIRE AN APPRENTICE!