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16 November 2018

Weekly Brief 46 - Friday 16 November 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.


Calorie counting    

Under new plans announced as part of the Government's childhood obesity strategy, it has been proposed that all restaurants, cafes and establishments that sell food will need to display how many calories are in each of their products. FSB would like to know your thoughts on this matter, please contact Jordan Bhatt.

Late payment roundtable 

We are looking for small businesses owners who have faced issues with poor payment practices. As poor payment practices is a key issue for FSB,  we are very keen respond to Department of Business Innovation, Education and Skills' "Creating a Responsible Payment Culture" call for evidence. The roundtable will take place on Wednesday 28th November at our London offices, between 3pm and 5pm.  Please contact Lorence Nye if you would like to take part in this meeting.

Employing seasonal or temporary staff

If you are planning to take on temporary staff over Christmas, don't forget to factor in auto enrolment as the requirements apply to seasonal workers in the same way as for permanent employees. You'll need to assess your seasonal or temporary staff individually every time you pay them. For more information on dealing with seasonal workers, and to find out what legal duties apply, visit The Pensions Regulator website.

Big Voice 

If you're a member of the Big Voice community, please check your inbox for our latest survey on apprenticeships. Big Voice is FSB's unique online research community, and it's free for members to join. By responding to one of our surveys, you give us the evidence we need to engage with politicians around the world on the subjects that matter to you. Join for free to make sure your voice is heard.



We launched our latest report -Supporting Women's Enterprise in the UK: The Economic Case' which shows that women owned businesses now contribute £105 billion to the UK economy - a 40% increase over three years. The report was launched at Facebook's Community Boost event at London's Millbank in partnership with Facebook's She Means Business initiative. You can watch the event on Facebook.


Commenting on the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, FSB National Chairman Mike Cherry said that with 20 weeks left until exit day, many small businesses will be relieved to finally see some progress being made. The agreed draft Withdrawal Agreement is a significant step back from the cliff edge which would result in a chaotic no deal Brexit that would be deeply damaging and dangerous for our small firms.


In the House of Commons on Thursday, the Prime Minister Theresa May raised the views of FSB while fielding questions about the Withdrawal Agreement. Providing further reaction to the latest Brexit developments, our Head of Policy Sonali Parekh spoke to Channel 5 News while Director of Communications Louise Stewart was featured on LBC radio.


On Friday, there was more coverage of the ongoing fallout from the Withdrawal Agreement. Director of External Affairs, Craig Beaumont spoke on Jazz FM about how the plans could affect small businesses.

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