FSB Newsletter - Friday 28 May 2021

News 28 May 2021

COVID-19: THE LATEST

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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

A Highlands farm turned luxury lodge retreat with nine-hole golf course, café and activity centre has claimed the overall title at FSB's annual Celebrating Small Business Awards.

The ceremony took place virtually on Thursday afternoon and was hosted by former Sports Presenter of the Year and World Pride Power List entrant Clare Balding.

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the event in a video message, thanking the small business community for its "sacrifice and forbearance" and pledging to be "a government that is on your side".  

Net Zero

FSB has been supporting the Government's #TogetherForOurPlanet campaign. And in doing so, we have asked the Government to give the small businesses and the self-employed community help and guidance on what they can do to transition to net zero.

T Levels

The Department for Education announced a scheme this week which will see employers able to claim a £1,000 cash boost for every T Level student they host on a high quality industry placement. Mike Cherry said that "it is through incentives like this that we will see new opportunities for the employer and employee."

Request an ATM

Cash machine network provider LINK has launched a new section on its website to help communities wanting to improve access to cash. As well as being able to raise a new request for an ATM or access the ATM locator, there is a map showing every location where LINK has directly commissioned an ATM in response to a community request along with a brief overview of the request and photos where available.

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.

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. 

THIS WEEK IN PARLIAMENT

MPs debated the Finance Bill on Monday. FSB was mentioned by Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson, Christine Jardine, in relation to the group's research forecasting that up to 250,000 firms are at risk of going out of business over the coming year. 

On Wednesday, Kevin Hollinrake led a Westminster Hall debate on business rates, in which Stella Creasy and Jim Shannon highlighted FSB's calls to better regulate business rates reduction services through licensing.

Seema Malhotra mentioned FSB in the context of productivity improvement and Help to Grow, as she debated Small Business Minister, Paul Scully, on employment.

Lord Peter Hain pointed to FSB survey data which said that almost a quarter of small businesses have suspended sales to Europe, in a debate on the impact of a new EU-UK trade deal on firms.

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