Tina McKenzie MBE, FSB`s UK Policy Chair and Alan Lowry, CEO Environmental Street Furniture and FSB`s NI Policy Chair have been appointed to the Government`s Small Business Council.
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
These figures emphasise the need to remove barriers to starting up new businesses in Northern Ireland
Personal tax cuts are meaningless without pro-enterprise, pro-jobs measures at Budget
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
Childcare is essential economic infrastructure and the formation of a Childcare Advisory Group will help address short term needs
Branch closures are turning many communities into a banking wasteland, limiting access to cash and shrinking an increasingly fragile free-to-use ATM network.
FSB responds to Financial Conduct Authority consultation on ensuring access to cash is preserved, and calls for a more ambitious approach
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.
FSB flagged fresh complaints from members of staggering rises - up to 12-fold increases - in standing charges