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16 July 2019

Weekly Brief 28 - Friday 12 July 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.

LATEST ADVICE & OPPORTUNITIES

Going Global campaign launch

Next week, FSB is launching a new campaign: ‘Going Global’. It will showcase small business owners that export their goods and services across the world.

From the USA, to Belgium, to Australia, and from designers, to vegan pet food producers, to architects, so many of our small firms are exporting their goods and services around the globe.

FSB wants to share the stories of these innovators and entrepreneurs, and we’re asking you to get involved by supporting the launch of the campaign on Wednesday 17 July by engaging with FSB’s social media channels.

If you’d like more information, please contact David Moore-Crouch on david.moore-crouch@fsb.org.uk.

Refugee start-up support event

The Centre for Entrepreneurs, alongside the Home Office and National Lottery Community Fund, is hosting an event exploring the entrepreneurial potential of refugees, assessing how business support can be tailored for their needs. It is taking place on Monday 22 July in Westminster at One Great George Street from 9.30am to 4pm. Register here

Take part in the ScaleUp Institute’s 2019 Survey

The ScaleUp Institute’s research provides vital data and insights which help inform how both the public and private sectors support firms and help break down the barriers that often face scaling businesses. The survey can be filled in here: http://bit.ly/ScaleUp19c37.

THE SMALL BIZ WEEK IN REVIEW

Thursday

This week the Government published a draft Finance Bill which threatens to cement changes to tax assessments for the self-employed. Responding to the development, FSB National Chairman Mike Cherry warned that “pressing ahead with IR35 changes in April with no regard for the other pressures facing businesses is a reckless move.” FSB is calling for alterations to ‘off-payroll’ rules to be pushed back from their current April 2020 enforcement date.

FROM THE CORRIDORS OF POWER

MPs debate retail strategy

In a debate where a number of MPs called for the Government to develop a retail strategy, the challenges facing small businesses were a particular focus. The Small Business Minister said that retail has always evolved to meet changing consumer demands and will continue to do so. She also spoke about the £1.6 billion funding for high streets the Government announced in last year’s Autumn Budget.

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