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20 September 2019

Weekly Brief 38 - Friday 20 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

Companies House Reminder

Companies House is urging companies that are required to file accounts by 30 September that this deadline is now less than two weeks away. More than 25,000 companies missed last year's September accounts deadline and incurred a late filing penalty as a result. More information is available here.

Latest Brexit advice

HMRC has issued letters to VAT-registered businesses trading with the EU explaining how to prepare for changes to customs, excise and VAT if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Have a read for reminders of sensible steps to take at this stage.

Show your support for Unblocktober

Unblocktober is the world's first month-long national awareness month aimed at improving the health of drains, sewers and seas - driven completely by the British public. The campaign, backed by the Environment Agency, calls on businesses and consumers to commit to paying more attention to what they put down the drain this October.

Scaleup Survey

The ScaleUp Institute's 2019 Survey is now available to fill in, focussing on what high-growth firms value and need. Results are used to build on pioneering research and collaboration between businesses and policy makers. 

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU

How will Government employee health plans impact you?

FSB wants to hear members' views on Government plans 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 proposals. FSB wants to hear how these proposals may affect your business as part of a conference call on Wednesday 25 September. If you're interested in joining the call and offering your thoughts, please contact Emelia Quist.

Finance Forum

FSB's Policy and Advocacy Martin McTague Chairman will be speaking at BCR's 6th annual Alternative and Receivables Finance Forum on the 14 November. Find out more about the event and book tickets here. 

THE SMALL BIZ WEEK IN REVIEW

Monday

As part of FSB's partnership with Le Cordon Bleu, National Chairman Mike Cherry began the week on the judging panel for the Julia Child Scholarship. The winner, Bianca Tia Mesuria, was awarded an honorary membership and handed the overall prize by celebrity baker Mary Berry.

Tuesday

On Tuesday, the Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson addressed the party's Annual Conference in Bournemouth. Earlier in the week, both Mike Cherry and Martin McTague met with Lib Dem representatives to discuss policy interventions to help small businesses.

Wednesday

Amid the latest reports on possible changes to UK trade tariff arrangements in the event of a no-deal Brexit on 31 October, Mike Cherry told the Times that zero-rate or reduced tariffs would see UK-based firms "undercut in a heartbeat by an influx of cheap foreign goods".

Thursday

New data from Which? reveals the difficulties faced by those in deprived communities when it comes to financial inclusion, with many consumers now being charged to access cash. Reacting to this, Mike Cherry stressed that "millions of small business owners still have customers that want to pay in cash. Often these customers are among society's most vulnerable: the elderly, those on tight budgets and those with disabilities."

Friday

The Careers and Enterprise Company has launched a report focussing on the state of education in England. The study covers careers education and how students are being prepared for the world of work. You can read the full report here. 

FROM THE CORRIDORS OF POWER

Parliament has been prorogued until the 14 October. 

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