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27 September 2019

Weekly Brief 39 - Friday 27 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

Brexit Roadshow 

The Department for Business has added fresh dates to its Brexit Roadshow across a hosts of locations, including Plymouth, Cambridge, Ipswich, Newcastle, Carlisle and Liverpool. These briefings are attended by experts from across the Government, offering advice on steps that can be taken within your business to prepare for a 31 October Brexit. The full list is here. 

Self-employed Support

HMRC has updated its series of videos, webinars and online courses aimed at the self-employed. The resources cover registering for Self-Assessment, filing tax returns, handling expenses and a host of other subjects. 

THE SMALL BIZ WEEK IN REVIEW

Monday

At the start of the week, FSB representatives were in Brighton for this year's Labour Party Conference. Policy and Advocacy Chairman Martin McTague met with the likes of Sadiq Khan, Rachel Reeves and Keir Starmer to discuss issues faced by small firms.

The Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said in his keynote speech that Labour is committed to ending in-work poverty and bringing in a shorter working week. Responding to the address, FSB National Chairman Mike Cherry said that "every effort must be made by Labour to reach out to the small business community as its policy agenda is developed. The party needs to remember that many small firms have very limited resources and are already up against spiralling employment costs."

Tuesday

The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that the Government's suspension of Parliament was unlawful, meaning MPs and members of the House of Lords could return to Parliament earlier than expected.  

Wednesday

Parliament returned - with MPs questioning ministers and the Boris Johnson on issues ranging from the collapse of Thomas Cook to Brexit.

Thursday

Nominations opened for this year's FSB volunteer elections this week. We are seeking a commercial director and non-operational directors to join the FSB board. Several local volunteer offices across the UK - such as regional chair, area lead and national councillor positions - are also up for grabs. 

Friday

Small businesses are in urgent need of more government support to overcome a worrying lack of preparedness for a no-deal Brexit on 31 October, according to our latest research, published today. The findings have been covered by the FT, Times, BBC Radio 4, CityAM and Reuters.

FROM THE CORRIDORS OF POWER

FSB Business Breakfast 

Ben Bradley MP (Con) issued a release this week celebrating the engagement he has had with FSB at one of our local business breakfasts, saying: "We spoke about our great town and local economic plans. It is always good to listen to people that know the area and get feedback from local business."  

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