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28 April 2017

Weekly Brief 17 – Friday 28 April 2017

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

Loss of EU workers would be huge blow to small businesses
FSB successfully launched our second Brexit report this week. This report, ‘A skilful exit: What small firms want from Brexit,’ focuses on access to labour and skills from the EU. It shows that one in five small employers have EU staff. Losing access to skills post-Brexit is a key concern for nearly 60 per cent of these businesses. See our full press release and read National Chairman Mike Cherry’s blog in the Huffington Post. Coverage included BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio4 Today, BBC 5Live, BBC News Channel, The Times, The Telegraph, BBC online, Daily Express, and City AM.
Quarterly tax delay
In the Daily Mail, FSB welcomed the decision to delay plans for quarterly tax reporting as a victory for small firms. The plans were axed from the Finance Bill which is now being rushed through Parliament before the election. FSB has been campaigning hard against the changes which would disproportionately hit small firms with extra costs. Mike Cherry called on the next government to carefully rethink the plans post-election.

Small Business Saturday - December 2

The date for the fifth annual Small Business Saturday has been confirmed as December 2. Small Business Saturday grows year on year and is a really good opportunity to celebrate the great contribution that small businesses make to our communities and the wider economy. We’re really looking forward to getting involved again this year and supporting the campaign right across the UK.

Register to vote – 2017 General Election
With a General Election now taking place on 8 June 2017, please make sure that you register to vote, and encourage any of your staff to do the same. If you're a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen, and aged 18 or over, you should be eligible. You can register online with your name, date of birth, current address, past address (if you have lived somewhere else in the last 12 months) and your National Insurance number. If you are not sure if you are registered, check here to find and contact your local voting office. It only takes 5 minutes to register - that's less time than it'll take most people to read this Weekly Brief. The deadline to register to vote for the local elections and Mayoral elections on May 4 has now passed.

Give your views on a new national work placement scheme for young people
The Department for Education is looking for small businesses in London, the West Midlands and the North West to share their opinions on the creation of new work placements for 16-19 year old students undertaking college-based technical education routes, lasting between one and three months. Your thoughts are important as the majority of these placements will be in small firms. To take part, click here if you are in London, or here if you are in the West Midlands and the North West, by Tuesday 2 May. Travel expenses will be covered, and your company can invoice for additional costs that your attendance incurs to your business.

Cloud computing guide
Technology trade association TechUK has launched a new guide to support small businesses to better understand cloud computing. The free guide provides information and advice to those looking to get the most out of cloud computing, and addresses trust and security concerns as well as misconceptions surrounding cloud services. For any queries on this issue, please contact FSB Policy Advisor Charlotte Chung.

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