Weekly Brief 51 - Friday 20 December 2019

News 20 Dec 2019

The latest news and information from Westminster.

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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Festival of Learning

The Festival of Learning is a celebration of lifelong learning in England which aims to highlight its benefits, to encourage more people to take part. An employer award which goes to an organisation with an outstanding commitment to investing in people will be handed out during the festival. Nominations are open for the award until 12pm on the 11 February 2020.

THE SMALL BIZ WEEK IN REVIEW

Monday

What do small firms want from the new Government? FSB National Chair Mike Cherry told the BBC about some of the issues that are facing SMEs and what the new Conservative administration needs to do to help businesses. The principle concern from him being the regressive business rates system. Read his full thoughts here.

Tuesday

Offering more thoughts on the new Government, Director of Externals Affairs & Advocacy Craig Beaumont spoke to Jazz FM about what small firms are hoping for in the future,

Thursday

On Thursday the Queen's Speech outlined the Government's plans for the forthcoming Parliament, ranging from a review into business rates, improved broadband access and a removal of hospital parking charges to those who need it most. Mike Cherry said "We've fought hard to secure an extension of the business rates retail discount. We've seen the first step towards that extension being enshrined in law."

Friday

It was announced today that Andrew Bailey is to become the next governor of the Bank of England. The current chief executive of the Financial Conduct Authority will take over from Mark Carney as the 121st governor on the 16 March 2020.

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