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13 September 2019

Weekly Brief 37 - Friday 13 September 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

Get Ready for Brexit Roadshows

The Government has organised series of roadshows aimed at providing you with specific business-focused advice and help, including key actions for all businesses to take, interactive support and advice stands. There are events taking place right across the country, find out more about the events here.

World of Opportunity grants

Heathrow and the Department for International Trade's (DIT) Exporting is GREAT campaign are inviting SMEs across the country to apply for 20 -World of Opportunity' grants worth £2,000 each. The grants will support small businesses that are just beginning to export or help those companies that can export, but don't. Find out more here.

VAT reverse charges for construction services webinar

If you're a VAT-registered contractor or sub-contractor operating in the Construction Industry Scheme, you will need to know about changes to the way you will charge and account for VAT on construction supplies to or from other VAT-registered businesses. HMRC have a webinar on the 18 September to help with this, sign up here.

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU

How will Government proposals on Employee Health impact your business?

FSB wants to hear members' views on the Government's plans to make changes to improve workplace health. The Government is currently consulting on whether to offer a sick pay rebate to small firms, and improve the availability of occupational health services amongst other things. FSB wants to hear how these proposals may affect your business as part of a conference call on Wednesday 25 September. To join the call and offer your thoughts, contact Emelia Quist.

SBI Survey

FSB's latest Small Business Index survey, for the third quarter of 2019 is now ready to be filled in. If you are a Big Voice member then check your emails to complete the survey. 

THE SMALL BIZ WEEK IN REVIEW

Monday

At the start of the week, the latest GDP figures were released which found that there was 0% growth in the three months to July. The flat results meant that FSB National Chairman Mike Cherry called for an Emergency Brexit Budget to "take the heat off employers, support our high streets and push back premature tax changes." You can read some of Mike's thoughts in the Guardian.

Tuesday

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, the Houses of Parliament were prorogued, bringing an early end to the parliamentary session. The Houses are set to return on the 14 October. The last action in the Commons saw MPs overwhelmingly vote against the Government's efforts to trigger an early general election.

Several FSB members were invited to 10 Downing Street to discuss with the Prime Minister, ways that Government can help small firms to deliver opportunities to help them succeed.

Wednesday

In City AM, Mike Cherry wrote about the impact of business rates, bank branch closures and poor infrastructure on our high streets. The piece was written as part of Mediaplanet's Future of Retail campaign, and can be read here.

Thursday

The Government announced this week that they would be launching a review into the loan charge. They said that sole traders would be given an update on the review in mid-November. In the Daily Mail, Mike Cherry said that the loan charge was "causing misery for thousands of sole traders, many of whom were acting on advice from financial experts."

FROM THE CORRIDORS OF POWER

Parliament has been prorogued until the 14 October. 

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