FSB NI comments on different aspects of the NI Draft Budget 2021/2022 in response to a consultation by the Department of Finance
Northern Ireland is a small business economy - 99.9% of businesses are SMEs. To this end, small businesses are a key consideration in almost any government initiative, let alone one of this scale and importance. In the same way we should always aim to create ‘ideal’ conditions for small businesses to start and thrive, we must ensure the methods we deploy in helping the environment to repair itself are based around a set of principles that protect and enable small businesses to play their part. Such principles acknowledge there are a number of different paths we can take to reach Net-Zero – based on political will or emerging evidence – and so they act as a ‘checklist’ to ensure we get there while protecting and accelerating economic opportunity. In other words, harnessing opportunity whilst doing the right thing.
FSB insights regarding experiences of new EU trading arrangements.
Our response to the HM Treasury Access to Cash Call for Evidence
FSB NI response to the Future Recycling and Collection of Waste of a Household Nature in Northern Ireland public discussion
FSB supports the goal of creating a well-developed circular and environmentally sustainable economy. Greater recycling by industrial and commercial users is essential in cutting our greenhouse gas emissions, and in shifting our economy to a more sustainable footing. Given their prominence, small businesses produce 85% of the non-household municipal waste in Northern Ireland. Therefore, the goal of a circular economy will not be realised without the strong consideration and buy-in of small businesses.
FSB NI supports the proposed policy on parental bereavement leave and pay, but urges that it also be extended to the self-employed and that the administration process be made as simple as possible.
The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) welcomes the opportunity to respond to the CMA’s call for information on the Digital Markets Taskforce (‘DMTF’).