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21 April 2017

Weekly Brief 16 – Friday 21 April 2017

A wrap of the week’s small business news from FSB’s London Press, Policy and Public Affairs Office. To sign-up for Weekly Brief emails, please use this link

Theresa May triggers election  
FSB is now gearing up for the UK General Election on June 8, which provides a great opportunity for small business issues to be discussed by all political parties. One of our main aims will be to make sure that every political party is not subsumed solely by Brexit in this election campaign. There are a series of domestic issues that the next Government must address – late payments, tax simplification, investment in local roads and broadband – which all need action early in its term. We will be producing a small business manifesto to feed into the debate and will act as the voice of small businesses as the UK makes it choice in the coming weeks.

Are you feeling confident?
It’s the final chance to have your say in our quarterly survey on small business confidence. If you’re a member of Big Voice, check your email to take part. Otherwise you can sign up to Big Voice here. FSB uses the Small Business Index to make the case directly to leading politicians and other policymakers about what small businesses need. The survey closes on April 26.

Queen’s Awards winners named
FSB congratulates all small businesses awarded in this year’s Queen’s Awards for Enterprise. 171 UK businesses have been recognised for excellence in enterprise, to coincide with the Queen’s 91st birthday. See the full list of winners and apply for next year’s awards here.

Parliamentary Update
On Wednesday, during a Westminster Hall debate on Universal Credit, Catherine McKinnell MP (Lab, Newcastle upon Tyne North) talked about how FSB was ‘pressing the Government to think again about the minimum income floor, given its potential impact on many genuinely self-employed people with incomes that fluctuate from month to month.’

Has your business been a victim of a bank transfer scam?
FSB has received growing anecdotal evidence that scammers have been de-frauding small businesses through tricking them into transferring money to fake bank accounts. Has your business been a victim of such a scam? If so, FSB is keen to hear about your experience. We need additional evidence of the impact on small businesses in order to ask the Government and banks to take stronger action against fraudsters. Please email your story to either Ben Baruch or Richard Hyde.

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