FSB Friday newsletter: 21 May

News 21 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 & OPPORTUNITIES

FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 

FSB's Celebrating Small Business Awards are back, with the national final taking place virtually this Thursday (27 May). It's one of the stand out events in the FSB calendar, and is a chance to recognise and celebrate the achievements of the amazing small businesses and individuals in our community. Register to watch here. Best of luck to all finalists!

Rail review 

This week saw the release of the Williams Rail Review white paper, a long-awaited assessment of Britain's railways. Responding, FSB National Chair Mike Cherry said having a single oversight body in the shape of Great British Railways should mean joined up decision making and reflect what's best for passengers. He also called for urgent action on flexible fares and a more dynamic pricing system. Read the full response here

What Next for Immigration? 

Home Secretary Priti Patel MP will do a keynote speech at an FSB sponsored event on immigration next week, hosted by We Are Bright Blue and British Future. Our National Vice-Chair, Martin McTague, will be speaking alongside other experts, on migration beyond Brexit and Covid-19. The free event will be held on Monday 24 May, sign up here.

Interruption webinar 

An FSB webinar discussing how business interruption insurance cases are developing will be held on Wednesday 26 May. The event will provide tips on proving and defending a claim. Click here for more information and to sign up

CPTPP roundtable

FSB is hosting a virtual roundtable with Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) Chief Negotiator Graham Zebedee on Thursday 27 May as the UK prepares to enter formal accession negotiations to join the Partnership. Members will be updated on the Government's negotiation priorities, followed by an interactive Q&A. To take part in the event email [email protected]

Pay As You Grow 

The British Business Bank is renewing efforts to make anyone who has taken out a Bounce Back Loan aware of their new Pay As You Grow (PAYG) financing options. Read more here

We are looking for FSB members who may have had problems with PAYG, in the form of issues such as limited access from lenders, limited promotion and lack of awareness or time taken to get in touch with lenders to organise PAYG for loans. Please get in touch with Senior Policy Advisor Daryn Park by emailing [email protected]

EU Settled Status

The deadline to register to apply for the EU settlement scheme is 30 June. If you're an EU business owner or have EU staff, ensure you do not delay applications. Apply here.

Start Up Loans campaign 

Start Up Loans has launched its UK Unlocked campaign, a week of activity aimed at promoting the opportunities available under the programme for the unemployed, particularly those under the age of 25. More information on the impact of Start Up Loans is available here

 

Vaccine toolkit

As part of the new national campaign on the COVID-19 vaccine, the Government has developed an employer toolkit to help employers and their staff get access to reliable and accurate information about the COVID-19 vaccine. The toolkit and further information is available here

AAT launches standards campaign 

The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) is calling for small businesses to check the credentials of their accountants and tax advisors. As part of a new 'Accountable' campaign, AAT is showcasing the benefits of taking on an accountant or advisor that is a member of one of the professional bodies that regulates their conduct. The body is also encouraging people to check your advisor's experience and qualifications. AAT is keen to hear your experiences of your accountants or advisor, to build a fuller picture - you can submit your story or answer a poll on the dedicated campaign website by clicking here, which AAT can then use as it engages with HMRC and politicians on safeguarding the profession. For more information, the campaign microsite is here, and a press release about the campaign is here.

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