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02 June 2017

Weekly Brief 22 – Friday 02 June 2017

Small Business Election Debate
Small businesses have put their election questions directly to senior politicians in a lively debate at London’s Imperial War Museum. The event was jointly hosted by FSB and ACS, led by former BBC presenter Maxine Mawhinney, with panellists from the three major UK-wide parties – David Gauke, Conservative, John McDonnell, Labour & Baroness Susan Kramer from the Liberal Democrats. Catch up on the action in our news story, and storify. You can also read Martin McTague’s blog.

Business Rates relief delays
FSB has voiced its concern about uncertainty surrounding the business rates relief initiatives promised to small firms at the Spring Budget. We called on Government to issue guidance to local authorities in England that puts a moratorium on pursuing small businesses for incorrect rates bills – which would need to be refunded as soon as the rates relief kicks in. See coverage in City AM.

Insurance tax hike
Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) rose to 12 per cent this week, yet again increasing the cost of doing business for small firms. IPT has doubled over the past five years and unlike VAT, small firms cannot claim back the cost of it. We are calling for no further hikes in IPT over the next parliament. This was covered by City AM.

#SmallBiz100 applications open
Apply now to be considered for this year’s Small Biz 100 - 100 small businesses highlighted in the days leading up to Small Business Saturday. It’s a great opportunity to gain exposure for your business and to be part of the successful Small Business Saturday campaign, which is now in its fifth year.

Would you like to represent small firms at a UK level?
FSB is seeking a Chairman for its Home Affairs Policy Unit to help drive forward the work in this portfolio, ensuring we represent the views of small firms across the UK. The portfolio covers the Home Office and Ministry of Justice, as well as cyber security, data protection and service leaver issues. See the full advertisement. Apply by June 26.

Have your voice heard on public procurement
This week, members have been discussing small business experiences of bidding for government contracts on our Big Voice forum. We want to hear from small businesses who have ever made a bid for a public sector contract, which department/s they bid to, and any difficulties faced. We’d also like to hear from small businesses who haven’t ever bid for a government contract and the reasons why. Click here to take part.

Join Big Voice and get your business heard
Big Voice is FSB's unique, online research community and it's free for members to join. By commenting or responding to one of FSB's surveys, members give us the evidence we need to take to politicians at all levels, across the UK and in Brussels on the topics that really matter to them. Join for free and start making sure your voice is heard.