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18 April 2019

Weekly Brief 16 - Thursday 18 April 2019

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.

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THE SMALL BIZ WEEK IN REVIEW

Tuesday

It was announced this week that FSB is teaming-up with the renowned Le Cordon Bleu London school to launch the annual Julia Child Scholarship. This year's scholarship aims to provide would-be food entrepreneurs with the first steps to business success.

Wednesday

The UK's unemployment rate remains at a near record-low 3.9%, according to the Office for National Statistics. But FSB National Chairman Mike Cherry warned that a tight labour market represents yet another headache for small business owners. His comments were featured in a City AM leader column calling on politicians to recognise the huge contribution of migrants to the UK and design a post-Brexit immigration system that works for businesses. 

Thursday

FSB is calling for a 100% business rates relief scheme for childcare providers in England, enabling them to handle the mounting cost pressures facing the sector. This relief already applies to providers in Scotland and Wales. The story was covered in the Telegraph.

FROM THE CORRIDORS OF POWER

Parliament is in recess until Tuesday 23 April.  

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