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10 November 2017

Business Bitesize - Greater Lincolnshire & Peterborough – 10 November 2017

Regional News

Lincoln International Business School Joint Conference

Wednesday 22 November - 5 pm

"What Makes a Business Ready Marketing Graduate?"

Lincoln International Business School are delighted to host a joint conference with the British Academy of Marketing and the Chartered Institute of Marketing. The event will include a series of short presentations examining the issues from different perspectives.  For more information on this event, including ticket price and venue, please click here.

Midlands Engine Launches Vision for Growth

Local government, enterprise partnerships, universities and businesses have come together to form the Midlands Engine and drive economic growth in the central region of the UK. The Midlands Engine 'Vision for Growth', sets out actions and five priorities for investment that will enable the Midlands to contribute to the UK's Industrial Strategy and drive Britain's post-Brexit growth. FSB is currently working with the Midlands Engine Partnership to define pathways of engagement and clear benefits for small businesses. If you would like a copy of 'Vision for Growth' or have any comments please contact:

#FSBConnect Caistor Networking dates confirmed for 2018

The success of #FSBConnect networking events at Caistor Equestrian Centre has led to the group confirming more dates for future meetings into 2018. Dates arranged are Wednesdays: 21 February, 18 April and 27 June. Booking of places will be via Eventbrite and booking details will be available shortly. The modest £8.00 fee is payable by cash at the door. The format will continue with both formal and informal B2B Networking after a buffet on arrival. The formal networking is followed by the usual brief presentation by a visiting speaker on an essential topic to help Members and Affiliates with running their businesses. Topics so far have included Effective Networking, Effective websites and Grants4Growth. So get those dates in your new diary now!

Business Issues

Rate rise means more cost pressures on small firms

The Bank of England announcement of a 0.25 per cent increase in the Bank Rate to 0.5 per cent means yet more cost pressures for small firms as they battle spiralling prices and flagging consumer demand, said National Chairman Mike Cherry. FSB's Policy Director Martin McTague appeared on Sky News discussing the impact on small businesses.

#FSBChat on women in enterprise

Leading digital entrepreneur and cross-bench peer, Martha Lane Fox, has joined forces with FSB to host a twitter chat on Women in Enterprise. Join in the conversation on Monday 13 November from 12-1pm using #FSBChat. We'll be discussing the barriers and opportunities for women in business, with insights from a panel of inspirational and successful entrepreneurs. Tweet your questions ahead of the chat to @fsb_policy.

Do you claim R&D tax credits?

HMRC is currently developing a digital form for small businesses to make their R&D tax credit claims. They are looking for small businesses that have made R&D claims in the past and would be prepared to spend an hour or two trialling the new form. HMRC will travel to the company and provide everything they need. If you are interested, please email Public Affairs Advisor Jessica Smith