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24 May 2019

Weekly Brief 21 - Friday 24 May 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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Last chance: confidence survey 

Our quarterly Small Business Index, which is closely followed by ministers, MPs and civil servants, is your chance to flag the challenges that matter to you. The survey for the Q2 SBI report is open until this coming Monday 27 May. If you're a Big Voice member, check your inbox to take part. If not, sign-up here.

Apprenticeship workshops

As part of an ongoing government consultation on how to develop a quality mark for employers who offer apprenticeships, small business owners are being invited to participate in five workshops taking place in York (4 June), Birmingham (5 June), London Kings Cross (6 June), Belfast (11 June) and Edinburgh (13 June). If you would like to take part, please get in touch with chinara.rustamova@fsb.org.uk.

Innovation roundtable

FSB is running a roundtable on business productivity, innovation and the Industrial Strategy. Chris McDonald, FSB's innovation policy chair will host a discussion with Nick Chism, BEIS Chief Business Advisor, alongside stakeholders from Innovate UK. It will take place on 12 June in London. Find out more by contacting dana.elman@fsb.org.uk.

Small Business LGBT+ Pride

June is Pride month, and we are calling on you as LGBT+ small business owners and employees to share your stories and experiences with us as we celebrate the diversity of the small business community. We will be running a Pride campaign throughout June. If you're interested in being involved, please email anna.phillips@fsb.org.uk.

LATEST ADVICE & OPPORTUNITIES

Free tickets for London Tech Week

FSB has 100 free tickets for the Artificial Intelligence summit (12-13 June) at London Tech Week. Adoption of digital technologies and AI are more important than ever to the day-to-day of running of a productive business and this is a great opportunity to learn about the latest technologies and new solutions for your firm. If you're interested in attending, contact dana.elman@fsb.org.uk. Tickets will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

THE SMALL BIZ WEEK IN REVIEW

Monday

FSB's Northern Ireland Chair Tina McKenzie appeared on BBC News to discuss skills shortages in the hospitality industry. She explained that - despite there being good opportunities available for those looking to break into the sector - skills gaps are hurting growth of the industry.

Wednesday

Responding to British Steel's collapse, FSB National Chairman Mike Cherry stressed that this week will prove to be "a hugely unsettling time" for suppliers right across the steel industry. He added that "businesses throughout the British Steel supply chain will need guidance and support as the situation develops."

Thursday

Huge congratulations to family business Cruise Loch Ness who were named as FSB's UK Small Business of the Year 2019 on Thursday night. They were joined by winners across a whole range of different categories at a ceremony hosted by Meera Syal in London's Battersea Evolution. The event was attended by Chancellor Philip Hammond and the Small Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst. 

FROM THE CORRIDORS OF POWER

Access to cash

In a debate in the House of Commons on financial exclusion, Patricia Gibson MP (SNP, North Ayrshire and Arran) spoke about the FSB and Which?'s joint campaign calling on the Government to appoint a regulator with responsibility for ensuring consumers and businesses continue to have access to cash. 

Restoration of Parliament

As MPs debated the Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill, Caroline Spelman MP spoke about the importance of including small businesses in the project, thereby creating more jobs and apprenticeship opportunities within the smaller firms that make-up 99% of the private sector.

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