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News 7 Feb 2020

Friday 7 February 2020

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.

LATEST ADVICE & OPPORTUNITIES

Request an ATM

As part of our joint #FreedomToPay campaign with Which?, the consumer group is working with the cash point network LINK to encourage communities to request the installation of free-to-use ATMs in areas where there is currently no free access to cash. LINK committed to facilitating a further £4 million in funding for the initiative towards the end of last year after receiving more than 2,700 requests. You can make the case for your area on the campaign website.   

Business support research

The Government is conducting research into the digital business support landscape for smaller businesses. If you are running a business with 10 - 250 employees in England and would like to participate in the research, please get in touch with [email protected]. Participants will be offered £50 vouchers by researchers as a thank you for participating.

New trading tool 

The Department for International Trade has today launched a -Trade with the UK tool' for businesses who buy and/or sell overseas. The site will provide live updates on commodity codes, tariffs and product regulations. A reminder that resources relating to our withdrawal from the EU are also available on our dedicated hub.  

Companies House pledge 

A commitment to support vulnerable customers through regularly reviewing policies, upskilling employees and using case referencing to ensure best practice is shared internally has been issued by Companies House. The move follows a recent revamping of the body's customer charter.      

Have questions for the Small Business Minister?  

Kelly Tolhurst is hosting a -Your Minister Your Questions' session with business owners on this coming Tuesday 11 February at 10am. Sign-up to put your questions to the Small Business Minister ahead of the Budget on 11 March.    

THE SMALL BIZ WEEK IN REVIEW

Monday

Saw the launch of National Apprenticeship week, with FSB highlighting the need for Government to provide the requisite funding to enable small firms to hire an apprentice. Read more in the Guardian, Telegraph and Times.

Tuesday & Wednesday

This week marked the return of FSB's annual Volunteer Conference, which brought together hundreds of staff, members and volunteers to celebrate the work of our activists right across the country and share best practice. Huge thanks to all of you who attended!

Volunteers and FSB staff enjoyed sessions, workshops and presentations which covered everything from one of the biggest challenges facing small businesses - late payments - to business rates, infrastructure and how to engage audiences on social media and in-person. Read more about the award winners and the event on our site.

Thursday

FSB National Chair Mike Cherry featured on the Economist's -Money Talks' podcast to discuss what small firms are looking for in future trade deals with the EU and the rest of the world. Listen to the podcast online.

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