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News 13 Dec 2019

Friday 13 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.

General Election

Following yesterday's general election, the Conservative party has been returned to power for the next five years, increasing the number of seats it holds in the Commons to take a sizeable majority. Its manifesto pledges to tackle late payments, increase infrastructure investment and resolve the Brexit impasse. Read FSB's response to the result here.

Snap poll

If you are a Big Voice member then check your emails for a snap survey which has come out today looking at some of the key issues facing small businesses and what they want from the next Government. The survey is available to be filled out until Monday 16 December.


Open University internship programme

The Open University runs an internship programme which helps small and medium-sized enterprises to offer students on short-term placements, assisting their efforts to attract and retain talent. Find out more here.

AI focus group

If your business provides Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions, or is an intensive AI user, you're invited to join an upcoming focus group aimed at helping EU policymakers to understand the adoption, use and impacts of AI within businesses over time. If you are interested in joining the focus group, please get in touch with [email protected].



At the start of the week, Director of External Affairs and Advocacy Craig Beaumont appeared on Sky News to discuss the issues facing small businesses and the interventions they want to see from the next government.


FSB's award-winning campaign to tackle the scourge of late payments was highlighted in CityAm, which revealed that some 50,000 small firms were closing every year as a result of the problem. Read more about our Fair Pay Fair Play campaign here.


The country headed to the polls on Thursday for a general election. Read FSB's manifesto to see what we're calling on the incoming government to achieve for the small business community.  


The general election has seen the Conservatives returned to power, this time with a majority. Reacting to news, FSB National Chairman Mike Cherry said that "small business owners will be hoping that today's clear result helps to bring stability back to the economy.

"After more than three years of Brexit absorbing government bandwidth, the Conservative Party has pledged to tackle the many domestic challenges that have been neglected during that time." 

His comments have been covered by Sky News and the Telegraph. 


Parliament will return next week following a general election.