Weekly Brief 1 - Friday 3 January 2020

News 3 Jan 2020

A wrap of the week's small business news from FSB's Westminster Press, Policy and Public Affairs Office.

A wrap of the week's small business news from FSB's Westminster Press, Policy and Public Affairs Office. To sign-up for Weekly Brief emails, please use this link.

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THE SMALL BIZ WEEK IN REVIEW

Monday

The latest SBI for Q4 2019 was released, which revealed business confidence is at its lowest level since the recession in 2011. Weighing on the minds of small firms is the future direction of global trade and rising employment costs continue to weigh on sentiment.

Tuesday

Responding to the announcement that the National Living Wage will increase by 6.2% to £8.72 an hour in April 2020, FSB Director of External Affairs and Advocacy Craig Beaumont said "It is absolutely right that everyone is paid fairly. Small businesses are at the heart of communities - creating jobs and bolstering local economies - so it's vital that increases in the National Living Wage are manageable for small firms and do not put jobs at risk."

Wednesday

As 2020 began, FSB National Chairman Mike Cherry issued his New Year message in which he called for politicians to get back to the business of supporting our 5.8 million small businesses. 

Thursday

In further reaction to the increases in the living wage, Mike Cherry featured in FE Week discussing how the changes will benefit apprentices.

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