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31 August 2018

Weekly Brief 35- Friday 31 August 2018

More work needed to make Treasury small business finance scheme a success

Responding to the Treasury's latest round of statistics relating to its Bank Referral Scheme, which puts small firms that have been denied credit by banks in touch with alternative finance platforms, Mike Cherry said that the figures relating to those businesses who had been contacted and those who had managed to secure finance needed to improve.

Calls to shore up greater business links with Africa

FSB welcomed improved trade links with Africa as Theresa May toured several nations on the continent this week. With Britain set to leave the European Union, the need to secure more global trading opportunities for UK small businesses is more critical than ever - not least across Africa. The continent has experienced steady growth for much of the past two decades, with the size of the African economy now worth around 5% of global GDP. Mike Cherry's reaction to the tour was covered by the FT and Independent.

FSB and CIPR join forces

The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has joined forces with FSB to champion the interests of small business owners. The partnership will improve understanding of public relations amongst small business owners and entitles CIPR members to discounts on FSB membership. More information can be found here. 

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.