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01 June 2018

Weekly Brief 22 - Friday 1 June 2018

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.

FSB calls on big business to raise their game in fight to end late payments crisis

Big business has been put on notice by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and warned that they must do more to end late payments, poor payment practice and supply chain bullying that is damaging the UK economy. A letter from FSB National Chairman, Mike Cherry, to all FTSE 100 companies urges Chairs and CEOs to take immediate action by agreeing to lead the way in stamping out poor payments for good.

One month left to save small firms from cash point cut

With only four weeks remaining until a cash machine funding cut that could threaten 10,000 ATMs, the Federation of Small Businesses is calling for the plans to be paused immediately. FSB research shows that half (50%) of small firms surveyed are already a kilometre or more from their nearest free-to-use cash point. One in seven (15%) say their closest free ATM is at least five kilometres away.

Interested in exporting to Poland?

Following FSB's recent visit to Poland, the UK Embassy in Warsaw and FSB have agreed to launch a pilot scheme for small businesses interested in Poland as an export market. The scheme will aim to help participants identify opportunities in an exciting and growing market. FSB is looking for 10-20 members to take part in the scheme. For more information, contact James Sibley.

Fancy being one of this year's Small Biz 100?

Applications for this year's Small Business Saturday -Small Biz 100' are now open. If you want to be part of the national campaign, visit the website. Those chosen for this year's list will be promoted in the 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday 2018, which will be held on 1 December. Applications close at midnight on 30 June.

FSB host exporting event at IBF

Are you interested in exploring exporting, or is your business part of a supply chain that trades internationally? FSB is hosting -Destination Export - Small Businesses as Strategic Exporters' at the International Business Festival 2018 in Liverpool on Tuesday 12 June. The event, which focuses on the challenges and opportunities of international trade for small firms, is free - and gives you free access to the nine-day festival. Register here.

Share your views on our future relationship with the EU

Our survey on the future of our relationship with the EU is closing on 6 June. FSB members should check their inbox to complete this important survey, which will help us ensure that the needs of small businesses are heard in the ongoing negotiations.

Women in Business Lunch with Kwasi Kwarteng MP   

A sit down informative afternoon of business networking will take place at the Holiday Inn in Shepperton on the 8 June with Kwasi Kwarteng MP for Spelthorne, who is keen to meet and hear from Women in Business, their successes and difficulties. And our Esher FSB member Julianne Ponan of Creative Nature Foods will share her journey of entrepreneurship not only having won more Business Awards than can be counted but her experience slaying the Dragons of TV's Dragons Den with her super food snacks. We will also be joined by FSB's longest serving women member. Book here now.

HMRC sick pay webinar

Do you have any questions about statutory sick pay or managing sick leave? HMRC have a free webinar, hosted jointly with ACAS who can help answer them. Register for the event here.

Join FSB's Transport Committee

If you have expertise in transport policy issues affecting small businesses, and would like to help shape FSB's work in this area, please get in touch with Will Black (will.black@fsb.org.uk).  Our work on transport policy covers a range of important topics, including road, rail and aviation. 

Join Big Voice and make your business heard

Big Voice is FSB's unique online research community and it's free for members to join. By responding to one of our surveys, members give us the evidence we need to engage with politicians around the world on the subjects that matter to small firms. Join for free to make sure your voice is heard.