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Recession reality prompts small businesses to call for pro-growth Budget
Article Thu, 15 February 2024

Recession reality prompts small businesses to call for pro-growth Budget

Our research found that confidence among small firms has been in negative territory for seven straight quarters, due to the energy price crisis and the knock-on impact on the cost of doing business

Northern Ireland’s low business birth rate should be cause for concern
Article Thu, 15 February 2024

Northern Ireland’s low business birth rate should be cause for concern

These figures emphasise the need to remove barriers to starting up new businesses in Northern Ireland

Jobs, pay and prospects all at risk unless Chancellor acts at Budget, small firms warn
Article Wed, 14 February 2024

Jobs, pay and prospects all at risk unless Chancellor acts at Budget, small firms warn

Personal tax cuts are meaningless without pro-enterprise, pro-jobs measures at Budget

Ambition must be at the heart of the new Executive
Article Tue, 13 February 2024

Ambition must be at the heart of the new Executive

Writing in the Belfast Newsletter, Alan Lowry, FSB`s Northern Ireland Policy Chair, says that if NI Executive Ministers accept the offer of collaboration with business stakeholders, then it can deliver long term policy change that will see Northern Ireland really thrive

Executive must act quickly on childcare
Article Mon, 12 February 2024

Executive must act quickly on childcare

Childcare is essential economic infrastructure and the formation of a Childcare Advisory Group will help address short term needs

Danske Bank branch closure announcement is a blow to businesses and consumers
Article Fri, 09 February 2024

Danske Bank branch closure announcement is a blow to businesses and consumers

Branch closures are turning many communities into a banking wasteland, limiting access to cash and shrinking an increasingly fragile free-to-use ATM network.

Access to cash proposals a good starting point but need to be more ambitious, say small firms
Article Thu, 08 February 2024

Access to cash proposals a good starting point but need to be more ambitious, say small firms

FSB responds to Financial Conduct Authority consultation on ensuring access to cash is preserved, and calls for a more ambitious approach

Small firms issue warning on jobs and hours ahead of Spring Budget
Article Wed, 31 January 2024

Small firms issue warning on jobs and hours ahead of Spring Budget

Increasing the Employment Allowance to £6,500 from £5,000 will enable a small employer to hire four staff on the new £11.44 NLW before having to pay the 13.8 per cent jobs tax, as was the case when the allowance was originally designed.

Small firms call out energy suppliers for soaring, stealth standing charges
Article Mon, 29 January 2024

Small firms call out energy suppliers for soaring, stealth standing charges

FSB flagged fresh complaints from members of staggering rises - up to 12-fold increases - in standing charges

New platform to improve small business access to finance, amid signs of SME credit crunch
Article Thu, 25 January 2024

New platform to improve small business access to finance, amid signs of SME credit crunch

The figures show barely more than half (53%) of SME credit applications were successful in the final three months of 2023, significantly down from a 62% success rate in the previous three months.

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