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26 July 2019

Weekly Brief 30 - Friday 26 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.

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THE SMALL BIZ WEEK IN REVIEW

Tuesday

It was announced that Boris Johnson has won the Conservative Party leadership race to replace Theresa May as Prime Minister. FSB National Chairman Mike Cherry appeared on BBC News to discuss what small firms are looking for from the new government, including fixing the outdated business rates system, ending the Brexit impasse and helping with employment costs. His intervention was also covered by the Times, Telegraph and Independent. 

Wednesday

Boris Johnson officially became Prime Minister on Wednesday. In the Guardian, FSB urged Johnson to avoid a chaotic, sudden no deal Brexit on 31 October. Read FSB's priorities for the new PM in full here.

Thursday

One of this week's many new Cabinet appointments was Gavin Williamson's to the role of Education Secretary. FSB called on Williamson to immediately turn his attention to apprenticeships and ensuring that funding is in place to support small firms that want to support young people entering the work place.

FROM THE CORRIDORS OF POWER

New Business Secretary

Andrea Leadsom MP, former Leader of the House of Commons and DEFRA Secretary, has been appointed Business Secretary. Before entering Parliament, Leadsom had a career in investment banking. In today's Independent i, FSB urges the new BEIS team to make rates reform a top priority.    

Statement on British Steel

Before resigning later this week, then-Business Secretary Greg Clark made a statement updating Parliament on British Steel. He paid tribute to the work of the British Steel support group, of which FSB is a member, supporting the work of its sub-groups focussing on supply chains. The Secretary of State said that discussions with potential buyers are ongoing and encouraging. 

Summer recess

Parliament is in recess until 4 September.

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