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06 July 2018

Weekly Brief 27 - Friday 6 July 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.

#ThinkSelfEmployed Campaign takes off

FSB launched its latest campaign #ThinkSelfEmployed on Monday. The five month long campaign is aimed at getting politicians and policy makers to move the self-employed to the forefront of policy development. Central to this is the FSB agenda filled with policy interventions needed to support the 4.8 million self-employed to climb higher. The agenda covers issues including incentivising pension savings, greater access to parental benefits, reforms of Universal Credit and improving access to financial products such as mortgages. Launch day proved highly successful with the campaign trending all day on Twitter, peaking at number two in the UK. The success continued into the evening's FSB Chairman'-s Reception at the House of Lords, with MPs from across the aisles backing the campaign. Find out more about the campaign here. 

Innovation launch event

FSB is launching a new report on innovation in small businesses later in the month. The aim is to highlight the UK's 5.7m small businesses and self-employed and the role that they play in tackling the UK's productivity challenge. The breakfast event will take place on Tuesday 17th July at the Walkie Talkie building in London. Click here to join.

Had a dispute with your bank? 

Kingston University's Small Business Research Centre is conducting research into small firms' disputes with banks. The research focuses on disputes that have been unable to be resolved by the banks own complaints procedures. UK Finance would like to interview business owners who have taken their dispute beyond their banks internal complaints processes in the past three years, including those that have been resolved or are still active. Find about more about the research here.

Small Business Saturday teams up with iDEA

Small Business Saturday is partnering with iDEa awards to bring small businesses free online training and community support for entrepreneurs.  Small Business Saturday will be celebrating the achievements of small businesses taking part in the iDEA programme throughout the year with special content - get involved here.

Co2 shortage hits small businesses

The recent shortage of Carbon Dioxide has strained the food and drinks industry across the UK, leading to concerns among small businesses impacted either directly, or as a result to disruption in their supply chains. If your business has been affected please let us know. 

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