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11 April 2016

North Yorkshire Business Bytesize - Issue 136

Welcome to your weekly email that acts as a round-up of what's going on in your FSB locally. 

This week features information our upcoming Branch Events, Regional News, Local Events and this week's Business Issues.

To keep fully up to date with all the latest news, updates and local events across North Yorkshire make sure you are following @FSBNorthYorks 

Branch Events

Harrogate Branch Meeting - My TrueNORTH, The Road to UTOPIA! 

Monday 18th April from 7.30am - 10.00am at Pavilions of Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8NZ.

Yorkshire Business Market is once again coming to The Pavilions of Harrogate, to get the day off to a flying start we are hosting a Networking Breakfast meeting in The President's Suite at The Pavilions. This meeting is open to all, FSB members and non-members alike, but capacity is limited so pre-booking is essential. 

The keynote speaker at this event will be Jay Allen. In Jay's talk he will address how at least 80% of business owners are WRONG about EVERYTHING! But the great news is, they can recalibrate their current compass towards success. This highly engaging keynote address helps business owners to learn how to fall back in love with a business they love by realigning it from living to work to working to live.

Book your place here

York Branch Meeting 

Monday 18th April from 3pm - 9pm at York St John University, Lord Mayors Walk, York, YO31 7EX. 

One date, two events, and both of them free! These not to be missed events bring you free advice from the regulators and information on how your business can gain the most from York Central becoming an enterprise zone. 

Cut through red tape: Your questions answered 

You have told us that dealing with rules and regulations gets in the way of doing business. The team have listened and, to help make it easier for you to work with the regulations, we bring you an informal event where you can put all your questions, one to one, to those who know.

We will be in Holgate, the main reception area of the York St John University, between 3pm and 6pm.

York Central: What's in it for your business? 

Join us for an informal networking session from 6pm before joining us in Fountains Lecture Theatre at 6:45pm, to hear about what York Central means to small businesses in York. The announcement in the autumn that York Central will become an Enterprise Zone is "game changing". The development could create 7,000 jobs, and bring in £1.1 billion to the region. The plans include positive steps to involve smaller businesses so find out how you could benefit. Neil Ferris, Acting Director of City and Environmental Services, will outline the potential impact on business and the benefits to the city before taking questions. 

Book your place here.  

Craven Branch Meeting - Land Rover Experience 

Tuesday 19th April from 6pm - 9pm at Yellison Farm, Broughton Hall Business Park, Skipton, BD23 2HS. 

This event will be a unique opportunity to take a trip round the estate in a Land Rover/Range Rover. Tickets are priced at £10 and will include a BBQ. It will be open to all, so why not bring some friends and join in the fun. 

Book your place here

Hambleton Strategic Business Forum

Friday 13th May from 9am - 2pm at The Hawkhills, Easingwold YO61 3EG.

This year's FSB Dales Branch are once again delighted to be sponsoring the Hambleton Strategic Business Forum. The Forum will look at how business and politics work together, with Kevin Hollinrake MP taking the lead in the discussion. This is an opportunity to discuss and challenge what central and local Government can do for business. Kevin is joined by Richard Menage, Chairman of International Textiles and Plastics Ltd who will share his view on whether Government and business work together for mutual benefit and whether Government provides real support for business.

Don't miss the opportunity to take part! 

Book your place here

Regional News

New Apprenticeship Survey 

A new apprenticeships survey will be sent to every member in England over the next few days. Essentially, through our new apprenticeship survey, we want to better understand small and medium businesses' experiences and attitudes towards apprenticeships. The results will be used to lobby the government on their behalf and help inform FSB's recommendations on what support and advice small and medium businesses need to take on an apprentice. This survey will be live until Friday 15 April, it would be greatly appreciated spare 10 minutes of your time to complete this survey.

EU Referendum - Your Chance to take Part

FSB research indicates that there are significant numbers of members on both sides of this important debate. Members told us through the research that they needed more independent and neutral information to help them understand the benefits and risks of staying in the EU, and the benefits and risks of leaving it.

To assist our members we will be running a series of Podcasts that aim to provide small businesses with the information they need ahead of the referendum. During these Regional podcasts we will put member's questions to both the 'Remain' and 'Leave' campaigns. If you would like to submit a question for consideration please email with the following information by the COB on Tuesday 12th April. Please email with the following information: 

  • Your Name;
  • Your Business Name; 
  • Location (Town and County);
  • Question
  • Current Voting Preferenc
  • Business Twitter Handle (if appropriate)

Hambleton Business Awards

The Hambleton Business Awards have now opened for nominations for 2016 and will be sponsored by the FSB and Dales of Thirsk. Please consider any businesses or individuals that work for businesses in Hambleton that may be worthy of a nomination.

We really want to celebrate business success and achievements in the area, so please submit nominations for those businesses and individuals you think should be recognised for what they have done. All the information is on the website here, including the eligibility criteria and award categories.

You can nominate electronically via the website or paper copies are available from Julie Hutton in Business and Economy at Hambleton District Council The closing date for entries is 23rd May 2016.

Events of Interest

Yorkshire Business Market 

The 12th Yorkshire Business Market is taking place from 10am until 4pm on Monday 18th April at Pavilions of Harrogate. This is a great event to promote your business and meet potential new customers. A digital café and digital theatre, involving Google Garage and Microsoft Digital, will be new features of this annual business-to-business event. See here for more information and to book.

Hambleton District Councils Employment Land Review Workshop

GL Hearn have been appointed to undertake an Employment Land Review for Hambleton District Council. This work will form part of the evidence base which will underpin the Council's Local Plan and will inform decisions regarding the level of economic growth to be planned for and future land allocations.

The employment land review will also consider the implications of economic growth on the number, type and location of housing provision. The study will make recommendations on the following: 

  • Levels of forecast job growth and links to housing delivery. 
  • The future need for employment land and premises in Hambleton
  • The potential need to consider allocations for new employment sites to meet forecast demand.

A workshop will be taking place on Tuesday 12th April from 5:30pm at Council Chambers, Civic Centre, Northallerton, North Yorkshire DL6 2UU.

The workshop will be facilitated by GL Hearn and include a short presentation on the initial findings based on the work completed thus far. This will be followed by a structured discussion to explore the issues around Market Demand, Supply and discuss cross boundary issues. Please RSVP by Monday 11th April to or ring Hannah Langler on 01609 767185.

Community Consultation Event - Developing the River Rye Landscape Partnership Scheme 

As part of an informal consultation process workshops will be held at Chop Gate Village Hall, Bilsdale, TS9 7JN on Wednesday 20th April and Nunnington Village Hall, Nunnington, YO62 5UY on Thursday 28th April 2016 from 7pm - 9pm.

The aim is to bring together people interested in finding out more about a proposed Landscape Partnership application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and to discuss how The River Rye and the tributaries that feed into it can be enhanced for the benefit of heritage, the natural environment and local people. If you are interested in attending please email with relevant names and which of the two locations you will be attending.

Industrial Biotechnology in Support of the UK Bioeconomy 

The Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association (BBIA) and BioVale are organising a workshop bringing together key policy makers, investors, industries, start-ups and research institutes from the industrial biotechnology sector.

Supported by BIS, the KTN, IBioiC, and CPI, the workshop aims to identify policy requirements and recommendations to feed into the UK bioeconomy strategy. It will provide insights into the bioeconomy landscape, showcase innovative UK biotech companies, and discuss opportunities and barriers to the development of this sector.

The workshop will take place on  Thursday 28th April from 10am - 5pm at Ron Cooke Hub, University of York - Heslington East Campus Heslington, York YO10 5GE. See here for programme details to register for your free place. 

7 Days In York

York offers many brilliant events, exhibitions and much more. Here you can find York's new weekly guide to some of the best things happening in York so why not get yourself along to one of the city's great events.

Business Issues 

National Living Wage changes

The new National Living Wage (NLW) has come into force. FSB is calling on small firms to make sure they act on this new legal requirement to avoid heavy penalties. FSB has also been widely featuring on broadcast media outlets to highlight the very real challenges many small business will face in dealing with the new wage and its projected rise over the coming years - underlining the importance of the independent Low Pay Commission in setting future pay increases.

FSB spokespeople appeared on BBC One Lunchtime news,  ITV Lunchtime news, Sky news,  BBC News channel, BBC 5Live and a large number of local radio outlets across the country.

Have you registered all people with significant control?

From the 6 April 2016 most companies, Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) and Societas Europaea will be required to hold a register of people with significant control (PSC). The register cannot be blank. These requirements introduce new legal duties and those failing to comply could be committing a criminal offence and could be fined and/or imprisoned. A PSC is anyone in a company, LLP or SE who meets certain criteria. There is guidance available online.

Deadline for tax treatment of dividends

On April 6th 2016, new rules on the tax treatment of dividends comes into effect. The changes were announced by the Chancellor in his July 2015 Budget and mean that the first £5,000 of dividend income earned by shareholders each year will be tax-free. Any dividend income exceeding this amount will then be taxed at the following rates:

  • 7.5% on dividend income within the basic rate band
  •  32.5% on dividend income within the higher rate band
  •  38.1% on dividend income within the additional rate band

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