FSB has today launched its Q1 2017 Small Business Index (SBI). The SBI has recovered to 20, having been in negative territory immediately after the EU referendum. Export activity is at an all-time high and firms are also feeling positive about their capacity to hire more staff and access finance. Conversely, the proportion reporting a rise in operating costs is at its highest since 2013. Following the findings, FSB is calling on Brexit negotiators to secure an ambitious Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the UK and EU and secure the rights of non-UK citizens who are resident in the UK. Read the full press release here. You may also like 18 October 2017 Five #techfree15 business wellbeing hacks 16 October 2017 Practical advice to help your business cope with Storm Ophelia 13 October 2017 Weekly Brief 42 – Friday 13 October 2017 28 October 2016 Small Independents a Vital Ingredient to City’s Retail Success 11 July 2016 Waitrose to improve payment practices 06 June 2016 The smallest firms need protected too!