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31 May 2019

Weekly Brief 22 - Friday 31 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.

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU 

Small Biz 100 is back 

Applications for this year's Small Business Saturday 'Small Biz 100' open tomorrow. The 100 chosen businesses will go on to form the core of the campaign across the UK, and will each be promoted in the 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday 2019 on 7 December. Visit the website for information about how to apply.

Innovation roundtable

FSB is running a roundtable on business productivity, innovation and the Industrial Strategy. Chris McDonald, FSB's innovation policy chair will lead 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.

MTD availability

Due to scheduled maintenance, HMRC's Making Tax Digital services will be down at various moments across June, including all day on Monday 17 June. Click here for a full breakdown of planned shutdowns.

THE SMALL BIZ WEEK IN REVIEW

Monday

At the start of the week, FSB National Chairman Mike Cherry named Heads Together as his chosen charity for 2019, stressing the need to help destigmatise mental health issues in the workplace. FSB has also announced a formal partnership with the charity, which is backed by princes William and Harry. The move was covered in The Sunday Times.

Wednesday

Ahead of the launch of Arin Dube's government-commissioned review of minimum wage rates, FSB stressed that his work must consider the spiralling costs that many small firms are facing on a daily basis. Mike Cherry said that "small businesses are contending with rising business rates, increasing pension costs and higher input costs due to a weakened pound." FSB's views were highlighted by the Chancellor Philip Hammond on the Today programme. 

Thursday

The Home Office announced that fewer than 300,000 EU citizens - under 10% of those believed to be currently resident in the UK - have been granted -settled status'. FSB urged those in government to do more to up awareness of the scheme, particularly among vulnerable and harder to reach groups of EU citizens, including the self-employed.

Friday

Today, FSB called on Theresa May to use her final days in office to push through the late payments reforms package announced in this year's Spring Statement. The intervention comes as businesses face extended political uncertainty surrounding the UK's future relationship with the EU coupled with the prospect of a new Prime Minister and Cabinet.

FROM THE CORRIDORS OF POWER

Parliament is in recess until Tuesday 4 June.

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