COVID-19: THE LATEST
For all the latest news and updates, visit our Covid-19 hub.
The Department of Health and Social Care has launched a new toolkit for employers to help ensure employees get reliable information about COVID-19 vaccines. Access the toolkit to get materials for you to run internal awareness campaigns, including key messages, posters, fact sheets and videos providing accurate, up-to-date information.
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
Event on the future of the UK -Internal Market'
After Brexit and the end of the Transition Period, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is setting up a new function - the Office for the Internal Market. This will advise the UK Government and devolved administrations on the smooth running of trade within the UK. The aim is to make sure businesses can sell products and services across all four nations of the UK, and avoid the creation of any trade barriers.
The CMA, which is publishing its plans over the summer, recognises the importance of input from FSB into this, and have extended an open invite to members with an interest in this for an online event where they will run through their proposed approach. It will take place on Wednesday 30 June (10.15-11.30). Registration is Eventbrite
Television copyright licensing
Do you show television programmes on your premises? If so, you will need to check that you have the correct copyright licences to do so. The Government is currently undertaking a review of legislation in this area. If you believe the legislation has had an impact on you, you can respond to the Call for Views here.
#SME7 unite to make voice heard at G7
Small business bodies representing firms from across G7 nations and the European Union are calling on conference leaders to put smaller enterprises 'at the heart of economic recovery plans' as finance ministers meet in London today, ahead of the conference next week. Read more about the joint statement issued following a meeting of the SME7 collective, convened by FSB last month.
EU Settlement Scheme
There are 20 days left for EU citizens and their family members who have been living in the UK since before 31 December 2020 to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, if they wish to continue to live, work and study in the UK. Applying after the 30 June deadline may lead to the temporary loss of rights, and not applying at all will lead to the permanent loss of these rights. You can apply here.
What you need to know as an EU citizen living in the UK
In this leaflet you can find information about Brexit, how it may impact you as an EU citizen and your family living in the UK, and what you may need to do next. It is purely for information purposes and has no legal force. Available in all EU languages.
Right to work checks: : employing EU, EEA and Swiss citizens
The Home Office has published information for employers on checking EU, EEA and Swiss citizens' right to work from 1 July 2021.
EU VAT changes
The EU's VAT rules on cross-border ecommerce will change from 1 July. Online sellers will be able to register in one EU member state for distance sales to customers within the EU, and a new EU-wide threshold of €10,000 will come into effect. You can find out more here.
Tax in Belgium
The British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium is hosting a webinar for British businesses on establishing a legal entity in Belgium on Thursday 17 June. The event will provide guidance on the different types of legal identity and outline the differences between the legal and tax landscape in Belgium compared to the UK. You can register here.
World of work post-lockdown
FSB is hosting a webinar exploring how small businesses can embrace the lessons learnt over the past 12 months, while modernising the world of work to suit both their business and their employee's needs. Roadmap out of lockdown: where next for employees? takes place on Tuesday 15 June at 10am. Sign up here.
Call for media case studies
We'd like to hear from small businesses or self-employed people who would be willing to talk to the media about the next step in the Government's roadmap for England (21 June), in particular those who are preparing to reopen from that date. Please email [email protected]
This week in Parliament
- FSB's Vice Chair, Policy & Advocacy, Martin McTague took part in a meeting between Labour and the B5. It focussed on the prospect of a potential delay to the 21 June relaxation of measures, and what additional support will be needed to support businesses.
- We continue our meetings with MPs to talk about our asks on employer incentives post-furlough; as well as upcoming FSB policy reports on hospitality and tourism; and reforming regulation.
- Martin McTague attended a meeting of the Net Zero Business Taskforce, chaired by Andrew Griffith, to discuss business group activities in the run-up to COP26.
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