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. Big business on notice with corporate governance reform The Government has announced new laws to force all listed companies to reveal the pay ratio between bosses and workers, as well as making big business board members report on how they are fostering relationships with suppliers. Commenting on the changes to corporate governance, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) National Chairman Mike Cherry described that poor payment culture in the UK as an “epidemic” and said the reforms include a positive package of measures to improve the situation. VOA maps improvements to business rates appeals platform The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) has published a roadmap of planned upgrades to the check, challenge, appeal platform which was launched in April as the new service for establishing fair business rates bills in England. Immediate upgrades to the appeals portal include the ability to save progress when carrying out a check, allowing users to complete it at a later date. A useful overview of future changes can be found here. Small business borrowing down Smaller businesses are borrowing less, according to figures released by the Bank of England. According to the figures, there was a £200 million decrease in loans to smaller businesses in July. Mike Cherry said small business appetite for new finance is “waning against a backdrop of unprecedented uncertainty, anaemic domestic growth and inflationary pressure”. You can read more here. Late payment roadshows Members are invited to a series of free ‘ACCA Running the UK’ roadshow events across the country, providing information about late payments, the effect it has on payment and why it is an issue. The roadshows will coincide with a local running race, which Ashley Smith FCCA, FD of CADA Design Group, will take part in. You can sign up now for events held in Southampton and Hull later this month and Swansea in November. 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. Keep up to date with FSB news by following our official Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages. You may also like 16 July 2018 New Ministers clear diaries to meet with FSB 06 July 2018 Summer of sport provides small business boost 03 July 2018 Can the World Cup boost sales and team spirit? 24 March 2017 Weekly Brief 12 - Friday 24 March 2017 25 June 2016 FSB pays tribute on Armed Forces Day 03 May 2016 How do we create the entrepreneurs of the future?