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26 October 2018

Weekly Brief 43 - Friday 26 October 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.

What might the Budget mean for small businesses?

Ahead of the Autumn Budget on Monday, FSB Chairman Mike Cherry has said “This Budget is a make or break moment for the Chancellor: one that will define his legacy within the small business community.” Read what FSB has been calling for the Chancellor to introduce, from high street lifelines, including business rates reform to support for the self-employed with an Adoption Allowance.

In our latest #SmallBizTalks podcast, our Head of Media Alan Soady chats to Senior Media Advisor Matt Dickinson, Deputy Head of Public Affairs Ruby Peacock and Tax Policy Advisor Lorence Nye, as they run through what might be in store for the small business community.

It’s okay to talk about mental health

As small business owners, we must play a critical role in talking about mental health in the workplace and lead the way in both destigmatising mental health in the workplace and acting to help our people when they are struggling.

To help achieve this, FSB has launched a new campaign, ‘It’s okay to talk about mental health’, aimed at providing a better understanding of mental health and how it can affect you and your employees. As part of this, our guide will give you some simple ideas and actions that you can take to help destigmatise mental health and address it in your workplace.

Guidance on tax returns for the self-employed

If you are self-employed, HMRC have provided support on how to complete your online Self-Assessment tax return.

Watch this video or catch up on their latest webinars: if your turnover is below the VAT threshold or turnover is above the VAT threshold.

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