FSB Friday newsletter: 16 April

News 16 Apr 2021


See our Covid-19 hub for news and updates.


On Monday (April 12) non-essential retail, including hairdressers, nail salons and outdoor hospitality venues reopened. FSB has a range of printable signs and downloadable social media cards to let customers know firms are open for business.

People can meet outside in groups of six from any number of households, or in a group of any size from up to two households. 


The Scottish Government has lifted its “Stay Local” guidance to allow people to travel to other local authority areas for outdoor socialising and leisure. FSB is urging those travelling to visit friends and family to support local businesses where they can.

Northern Ireland 

From 23 April, close-contact services can resume, including driving lessons and practical tests. From 30 April, outdoor hospitality and all of retail can now open to customers, while gyms can open for individual training.


Non-essential retail and all close contact services reopened this week. Outdoor hospitality and outdoor attractions will reopen on 26 April, while gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities will reopen on 3 May.

FSB Wales continues to call for a reopening grant for businesses facing the steep costs associated with opening after a long period of closure. We are also calling for the next Welsh Government to create another round of funding as soon as possible for those businesses who do not have a date to reopen in the coming weeks.


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.


Small Business Index (SBI)

FSB’s latest SBI shows signs of optimism after a difficult year, with close to two thirds (58 per cent) of small firms expecting their performance to improve this quarter. The study, which surveyed close to 1,700 members, also shows that more than half expect their revenues to increase over the coming months. The survey results were published in The Daily Mail, Sky News and The Telegraph.

Transport advice

National Rail has created a briefing featuring some of the practical steps businesses can take to help their customers and employees return to rail safely. 

Fake reviews and cyber threats

Facebook has removed over 16,000 groups that were dealing in fake and misleading reviews and has made changes to its systems to better identify, remove and prevent this content from reappearing. This comes after Government intervention. FSB’s Cyber Security Guide can also help you protect your business from cyber threats.

Digital Leaders Week

Leaders in the UK’s digital marketplace for ideas, initiatives and services are invited to register for Digital Leaders Week, which is opening its doors for partners and speakers.

Register to vote

People have until 19 April (Monday) to register to vote for the elections on 6 May.


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