FSB Friday newsletter: 07 May

News 7 May 2021
COVID-19: THE LATEST
 
For all the latest news and updates, visit our Covid-19 hub
 
TRANSITION
 
The transition period came to an end on December 31 2020. If you are a UK business which trades with Europe, you will need to change your procedures and complete additional paperwork. See FSB's transition hub for further advice. 
 
NEWS & ADVICE
 
Mental Health Awareness Week 
 
Looking after our mental wellbeing has never been so important. That's why to mark Mental Health Awareness Week (10-16 May), we'll be featuring some of our top tips on how to maintain mental wellbeing when running or working in a small business. Keep an eye on our social media channels and check out our Wellbeing Hub for resources for you and your employees.
 
Future of the high street
 
An FSB virtual panel discussion to examine how the high street can survive and thrive in a post-Covid world will be held on Monday 10 May. Find out more and register here
 
MPs urge Government to level playing field for meat and seafood exporters
 
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has launched a new report outlining urgent concerns for exporters of highly time-sensitive fresh and live seafood and meat shipments to the EU, particularly small and medium sized businesses. For more information click here.

Consultation launched on external walls code of practice 
 
A new code of practice is being written by the British Standards Institution, assessing buildings' external walls and cladding systems. The consultation will help professionals provide consistent, risk-based and proportionate advice on whether remediation of external walls is necessary.
 
Fourth round of SEISS grants open
 
The fourth round of Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) is now open for claims. Check your eligibility and make your claim here. The deadline for the fourth grant is 1 June 2021. HMRC has also confirmed its penalty regime with harsh fines for abuse of the scheme. Read more here.
 
Late payments
 
We've worked with the British Services Association (BSA) on a new supply chain guide for businesses. The intervention comes at a critical moment, with lockdowns exacerbating an already debilitating late payment crisis across the UK. The document highlights some of the challenges faced by smaller firms, identifying routes to collaborative working across areas such as prompt payment, alignment of objectives and relationship building.   
 
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