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09 August 2016

Somerset and Wiltshire Business News Update 9 August 2016

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The UK Jelly initiative encourages people who usually work on their own, for example at home, to join others in a comfortable environment where they can continue to work but have an opportunity to meet others. Jelly is an informal co-working platform.  Co-working means meeting up with like-minded people to work together in a different environment, to exchange help and advice, and maybe come up with a new idea to collaborate on. The ethos of Jelly is to be accessible to all so the venue, wifi and parking are provided FREE of charge, with small charges made for food and drink. Find out more or to find your nearest Jelly, simply visit the website here and enter your post code.

Small Business Event at No.10 

FSB was at the Cabinet Office table for Prime Minister Theresa May's first event - a small business summit, focussing on how the Government should back small firms in the wake of the Brexit vote. Our Policy Director Martin McTague attended, stressing that small businesses want access to European markets, the ability to hire the right people, reassurance on key EU-funded schemes and a new approach to both regulation and de-regulation. Following the meeting, FSB issued a comment saying: "Today's summit demonstrates buy-in from the very top of the Government to the importance of small businesses." This gained coverage in: Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, The Sun, Daily Express , Financial Times, Evening Standard, City AM.

Ofgem commits to published tariffs and an end to auto-rollovers

Energy market regulator Ofgem has announced its commitment to energy reforms set out by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) earlier this year. This means energy suppliers will no longer be able to lock microbusiness customers into restrictive auto-rollovers. They will also have to publish clear, comparable tariffs. This is a big win for FSB as we have long campaigned for a fairer and more transparent energy market. In our press release, we also called for Ofgem to develop a framework for regulating energy brokers, or third-party intermediaries (TPIs), by the same deadline of June next year. See how FSB have campaigned on this issue