Weekly Brief 49

News 6 Dec 2019

Friday 6 December 2019

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.



Have a read of 'Back to Business', FSB's 2019 general election manifesto which highlights the key issues facing small firms and what FSB is calling on the next Government to do to tackle them. Tack a look at the full manifesto. Let political parties know what you want to see from the next government on social media by using the hashtag #FSBbacktobusiness.

If you would be interested in speaking to the media ahead of the general election to discuss how you are going to vote on this coming Thursday 12 December, please email [email protected].

Small Business Saturday 2019 

Ahead of tomorrow's Small Business Saturday celebrations, FSB is urging all shoppers to get out and spend with independent firms in their local communities. More than £800 million was spent with small businesses on last year's #SmallBizSatUK. Check out the initiative's website to get involved.


Accountancy support providers Crunch have relaunched their advice and guidance around IR35 legislation. They provide a free calculator which can be used by contractors to help assess the likelihood that they fall under the scope of -off-payroll' rules. You can use the calculator here.  

Flooding grants 

If you have recently been flooded, Government grants are available for homeowners and businesses to help mitigate the impacts. These have been offered via local authorities since the end of last month. You could receive up to £5,000 to help protect your property from future floods.  

Innovate UK 

On 12 December, Innovate UK will be opening the first round of a new management knowledge transfer partnership (KTP) programme designed to help smaller firms to grow through improved management practices. The cost of these partnerships is shared by participants and Innovate UK. The deadline for applications is 19 February 2020. Check the programme website to find out more, or speak to one of the KTN's Knowledge Transfer Advisers to discuss your eligibility.



The International Day of Persons with Disabilities took place, promoted by the UN with the aim of helping to secure the rights and wellbeing of individuals with disabilities. Watch FSB member Kush Kanodia talk about his experiences of living with a disability and setting up his own business.


Responding to the launch of the Labour Party's -20 pledges to business', FSB National Chairman Mike Cherry welcomed the party's ambitious plans but stressed that "urgent clarity is needed around how Labour plans to protect small firms with moderate turnovers from its proposed changes to dividend taxation." His comments were picked-up by BBC news online and Radio 4's Today programme.

FSB is celebrating after taking home the Public Relations and Communication Association's Trade Body Campaign of Year award for its Fair Pay Fair Play initiative. The campaign was praised at last night's awards ceremony for being evidence based, truly cross-party, led by grass roots members and shining a light on a real problem for the UK's 5.8 million small businesses.

Through regular media coverage, social media exposure and conversations with stakeholders, the campaign was hugely successful in exposing the damage that late payments cause small firms, spurring government intervention at the highest level. 

Earlier this year, the Chancellor used his Spring Statement to announce that the Government was embracing FSB's recommendations concerning late payments and thanked the group for its "tireless campaigning" around the issue.  


Mike Cherry got behind MediaPlanet's 5G campaign with an opinion piece outlining the importance of making sure small firms in rural areas have the right connectivity. He highlighted the fact that, "around a third of small firms have told us that they are willing to purchase a new mobile device to ensure they can use 5G when it becomes available in their area."


Parliament is dissolved ahead of a general election on 12 December.


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